Hoping for something catchy, not a mundane word. I'm looking for a word that means that you believe things will work out, this time. Preferably a word that you could divine the meaning of it while not knowing the roots, something that you wouldn't have to consult a dictionary every time you wanted to remember what it kinda meant.

Will also accept clever portmanteaus ;)

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    So you are currently optimistic? – Jim Jun 17 '15 at 0:02
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    Like the optimism you are feeling now that there's going to be such a word? – TRomano Jun 17 '15 at 0:30
  • The outlook you describe makes me think of the lyrics to the theme song of the 1970's sitcom Laverne and Shirley. With that in mind, I'd suggest the chant that precedes the song: "schlemiel-schlimazl-hassenpfeffer-corporated". – Doug Warren Oct 6 '15 at 19:42
  • So certain that this word exists, you must be grasping at straws. – Mazura Oct 6 '15 at 20:15

I'd suggest confidence.

From m-w:

confidence noun

  1. a feeling or belief that you can do something well or succeed at something

  2. a feeling or belief that someone or something is good or has the ability to succeed at something

The major difference from optimism is that it isn't a general worldview.


It isnt' a single word, but there's an expression in English:

I have a feeling in my bones it's going to go well.



it's defined as

grounds for believing that something good may happen.


a feeling of trust

Or perhaps you're looking for that word, trust?

or possibly even

Faith ( to have faith that ... )

It's not necessarily always attributed to religion. You can have faith that something is going to happen; like having faith that you will pass an exam.

defined as

complete trust or confidence in someone or something.



You could say that you're betting on something if you're optimistic that it will happen. Generally (not absolutely) you don't bet on a recurring situation.

Similarly, you could use wager or gamble. They both connote facing a situation that statistically is unfavorable, but might lead to success. Optimism is a large part of gambling.

Here's some info on Gambling / Betting. Wager is a synonym for bet.



A good hunch

  • Hunch definition: an intuitive feeling or a premonition:

  • Bad hunch example: He had a hunch that he would lose.

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