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"Egoísta" is an adjective which is often translated as "selfish", and "optimista" is an adjective which is often translated as "optimistic". Learn more about the difference between "egoísta" and "optimista" below.
egoísta(
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (caring only for yourself)
a. selfish
No seas egoísta, Andy. Quiero que compartas con tu hermano.Don't be selfish, Andy. I want you to share with your brother.
b. egotistical
La gente egoísta generalmente no ayuda a la comunidad.Egotistical people usually don't help out their community.
This means that the noun can be masculine or feminine, depending on the gender of person it refers to (e.g. el doctor, la doctora).
2. (egotist)
a. selfish person
Es un egoísta; si no puede sacar provecho de algo, no lo hace.He is a selfish person; if he won't benefit from something, he doesn't do it.
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optimista(
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (hopeful)
a. optimistic
Soy optimista que la fiesta va a ser un gran éxito.I'm optimistic that the party will be a big success.
Se dice que la nueva escuela no estará lista para abrirse este año, pero me mantengo optimista.They say the new school won't be ready to open this year, but I remain optimistic.
This means that the noun can be masculine or feminine, depending on the gender of person it refers to (e.g. el doctor, la doctora).
2. (hopeful person)
a. optimist
Los optimistas suelen ser más sanos que los pesimistas.Optimists tend to be healthier than pessimists.
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