Mar 11, 2007

Rapid Rhetoric: PANGLOSSIAN

Raphael's depiction of Plato defining the difference between true and false rhetoric This is an irregular feature - both in frequency and oddness - dedicated to a word I came across that I have never previously used.

Panglossian (pan-GLOSS-ee-uhn) adj. Suffering from blind or untenable optimism; maintaining naïve optimism even in the face of overwhelming contrary evidence.

The term is derived from the character of Dr. Pangloss in Voltaire's Candide, known for his comment that ""all is for the best in this, the best of all possible worlds."

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