negativist negativist

Definition(s):

  1. (n) someone who refuses to do what is asked or does the opposite of what is asked
  2. (n) someone who is resigned to defeat without offering positive suggestions

Usage(s):

  1. As a student, he was deeply influenced by the negativist philosophy of Axel Hagerstrom, who taught that metaphysics is dishonest and only matter real.
  2. Brandt defended the party's coalition with the Free Democrats and lashed out at the opposition Christian Democrats for negativist policies.
  3. To be sure, a negativist, no-exit attitude that shies away from moral crisis cannot develop very far; while at the same time so much overt anger must shut the door on irony.

Quotes

  1. "I keeps working hard along the ways here. I've seen a lot of ups and downs. But I am not a negativist. I know I have to see that in a good light way," said Du Toit.
    on Sep 7, 2008 By: Natalie du Toit Source: People's Daily Online

  2. "There is a negativist sentiment here that goes back a long time to the frustrations of the military government and then the terrorism," said Kuczynski in an interview today in Lima. "Polls always show a lower popularity rating."
    on Jun 8, 2010 By: Pedro Pablo Kuczynski Source: BusinessWeek

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