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From Latin pessimus (worst) +‎ -ize, modelled after optimize.[1] Pessimus is derived from Proto-Indo-European *ped-tm̥mó-s, from *ped- (to step, walk; to fall, stumble) + *-tm̥mó-s (superlative suffix).

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pessimize (third-person singular simple present pessimizes, present participle pessimizing, simple past and past participle pessimized)

  1. (transitive) To take a pessimistic view of; to speak of in a negative or pessimistic way.
    Antonym: optimize
  2. (transitive) To make (something) pessimal or the worst; (in a weaker sense) to make (something, such as a computer program) less efficient.
    Antonym: optimize
  3. (intransitive) To think like a pessimist; to believe the worst.
    Antonym: optimize
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  4. (intransitive) To become pessimal or the worst.
    Antonym: optimize

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  1. ^ pessimize, v.”, in OED Online  , Oxford: Oxford University Press, December 2005; “pessimize” (US) / “pessimize” (UK) in Oxford Dictionaries, Oxford University Press.