2. seeing the hole instead of the doughnut, seeing a glass half empty instead of half full, carrying an umbrella on a sunny day, wearing pants with suspenders and a belt.
pessimist, n. cynic, doubter, doubting Thomas; prophet of doom, Cassandra, alarmist, Gloomy Gus, Inf. gloom and doomer, SI. crapehanger; defeatist, SI. cop-out, underachiever, dropout; hypochondriac, Inf. worrywart, Chicken Little, Inf. scaredy-cat; grumbler, complainer, Inf. nitpicker, faultfinder, caviler, carper, critic; disparager, detractor, Inf. knocker; spoilsport, Inf. wet blanket, Inf. grouch, Inf. sad sack, SI. sour-puss, Dial, night crawler, kill-joy, depressor, malcontent; weeper, Niobe, mourner, moper.
pessimistic, adj. cynical, doubting, distrustful, un-trusting; leery, wary, suspicious; gloomy, Inf. downbeat, glum, morose, dreary, dismal, bleak; hopeless, depressed, despondent, despairing, Inf down, downhearted, SI. in the pits, desperate; forlorn, desolate, unable to see the end of the tunnel, without a shred of hope; blue, sad, unhappy, Inf. in a funk, Inf. in a blue funk, melancholy, seized by the black dog melancholy; oppressed, weighed down; anxious, worried, at the end of one's rope, Inf. in a state; grumpy, Inf. grouchy, discontent, grumbling, muttering, misanthropic, misogynic; unpromising, inauspicious, bearish.
pest, n. 1. gadfly, buttonholer, Inf. pain, SI. pain in the neck or rear, SI. nudnik; nag, pesterer, annoyer, harasser, heckler, badgerer; tease, teaser, tormentor, persecutor, SI. itch.
2. nuisance, bother, annoyance, vexation, Inf headache, SI. hassle; irritant, bur, thorn, thorn in the side or flesh, pea in the shoe; bore, crashing or frightful bore, proser, twaddler, dryasdust.
3. inconvenience, handicap; trouble, problem, difficulty, affliction; trial, tribulation, worry; load, burden, weight.
4. pestilence, scourge, blight; curse, bane, visitation; epidemic, pandemic, pandemia.
pester, v. 1. bother, hector, harass, heckle, SI. bug, SI. hassle, SI. drive [s.o.] nuts or crazy or bananas, SI. drive [s.o.] up the wall; hound, dog, nag, pick on, pick at, be on [s.o.'s] back, Inf. give [s.o.] a bad or hard time, SI. ride; torment, taunt, bedevil, tease, tweak, mock, Inf needle; trouble, plague, fret, worry, Scot. thraw, Scot. fash.
2. irritate, irk, vex, pique, provoke, peeve, nettle, chafe, get on [s.o.'s] nerves, tread on [s.o.'s] toes. Chiefly U.S. rile, Inf. aggravate, Inf. miff, Inf give [s.o.] a pain, Inf. get in [s.o.'s] hair, Inf get under [s.o.'s] skin; exasperate, ruffle, try [s.o.'s] patience, Inf grate on [s.o.'s] nerves,
pestiferous, adj. See - pestilent, pestilence, n. 1. epidemic, pandemic, pandemia, plague, zymosis, (of animals) Pathol, epizootic, (of animals) epizooty, (of animals) murrain, (of plants) epiphytotic; bubonic plague, black plague, black death; white plague, tuberculosis, TB, consumption, phthisis, pulmonary phthisis.