PRONUNCIATION: (A-guh-thiz-uhm)

MEANING: noun: The doctrine that, in the end, all things tend toward good.

ETYMOLOGY: From Greek agathos (good), which also gave us agathokakological and the name Agatha. Earliest documented use: 1830.

NOTES: An optimist would say that everything is for the best. An agathist, on the other hand, would say that what’s happening right now may be unfortunate or evil, but, ultimately, it will all end well.

AGATISM - having no handgun

AGOTHISM - without morbidness and darkness

AGATE-ISM - worship of hexagonal crystals of silicon dioxide, in any of a variety of colors