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Candide

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary EnglishCandideCan‧dide /kɒnˈdiːd $ kɑːn-/  (1759) a book by the French writer voltaire which is a satire (=humorous criticism) on the belief that ‘everything is for the best in the best of all possible worlds’. Candide is a young man who is taught to be an optimist, but his experiences show him how bad life is, and he decides that it is best to ‘cultivate (=look after) one’s own garden’.
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