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Pollyanna

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An excessively cheerful or optimistic person, from the name of the optimistic heroine created by Eleanor Hodgman Porter (1868–1920), American author of children's stories.

Pollyanna

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The Oxford Companion to American Literature (6 ed.)

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Current Version:
2004
Subject:
Literature
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9 words

... , character in the juvenile novels of Eleanor Porter...

Pollyanna

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The Oxford Companion to Children's Literature (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2015
Subject:
Literature, Children's literature studies
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150 words

...treated Pollyanna. Porter wrote a number of popular novels. Pollyanna , which became an international best-seller, has been dramatized and filmed several times. The first sequel, Pollyanna Grows Up ( 1915 ), was by the original author, but after her death a number of other writers produced further Pollyanna...

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The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature (4 ed.)

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Current Version:
2013
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52 words

... ( 1913 ) By Eleanor Porter ( 1868–1920 ). Pollyanna is an orphan who changes the lives of everyone around her with her ‘glad’ game; her name has become synonymous with unquenchable cheerfulness. There were twelve sequels by four authors, a vogue for ‘Glad Clubs’, and films in 1920 and 1960...

Pollyanna

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The Oxford Companion to English Literature (7 ed.)

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Current Version:
2009
Subject:
Literature
Length:
52 words

... ( 1913 ) By Eleanor Porter ( 1868–1920 ). Pollyanna is an orphan who changes the lives of everyone around her with her ‘glad’ game; her name has become synonymous with unquenchable cheerfulness. There were twelve sequels by four authors, a vogue for ‘Glad Clubs’, and films in 1920 and 1960...

Pollyanna

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A Dictionary of Reference and Allusion (3 ed.)

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Current Version:
2010
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Language reference
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100 words

... [Child. Lit.] The heroine of stories for children written by the American author Eleanor H. Porter ( 1868–1920 ). Pollyanna is a perpetually cheerful girl who teaches everyone she meets to play the ‘just being glad’ game: ‘the game was to just find something about everything to be glad about—no matter what ’twas'. > Someone with an unflagging (and often excessively saccharine) cheerfulness, even in the most unpromising situations Those whose cup is half full are the world's optimists, the Pollyannas and the kind of people to be avoided at all...

Pollyanna

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Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable (19 ed.)

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2013

... The cheerfully optimistic young heroine of the novel named after her ( 1913 ) by Eleanor H. Porter ( 1868–1920 ). Her full name is Pollyanna Whittier, and she is known as the ‘glad girl’ for her determination to remain cheerful whatever happens. She is orphaned at the age of 11 and sent to live with a grim spinster aunt, but melts the hearts of everyone she meets, no matter how sour and dour they may be. Her name has entered the language to describe anyone who is unduly optimistic or who is able to remain happy through self-delusion. You’re not...

Pollyanna effect

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A Dictionary of Marketing (4 ed.)

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2016
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... effect ( Pollyanna hypothesis ) The tendency to accept and recall pleasant, positive information more easily than that which is unpleasant or...

Pollyanna effect

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A Dictionary of Psychology (4 ed.)

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2015

...bias . [Named after Pollyanna Whittier, the ‘glad girl’, whose blindly optimistic and Panglossian disposition always led her to look on the bright side of things, in the novels Pollyanna ( 1913 ) and Pollyanna Grows Up ( 1915 ) by the US writer Eleanor H(odgman) Porter ( 1868–1920...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (2 ed.)

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2006

... an excessively cheerful or optimistic person, from the name of the optimistic heroine created by Eleanor Hodgman Porter ( 1868–1920 ), American author of children's...

Pollyanna

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Brewer's Dictionary of Modern Phrase & Fable (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2011

... . The cheerfully optimistic young heroine of the novel named after her ( 1913 ) by Eleanor H. Porter ( 1868–1920 ). Her full name is Pollyanna Whittier , and she is known as the ‘glad girl’ for her determination to remain cheerful whatever happens. She is orphaned at the age of 11, and sent to live with a grim spinster aunt, but melts the hearts of everyone she meets, however sour and dour. Her name has entered the language to describe anyone who is unduly optimistic or who is able to remain happy through I feel like an embarrassingly ...

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New Oxford Rhyming Dictionary (2 ed.)

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2013
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... • Alana , Anna, bandanna, banner, Branagh, canna, canner, Diana, fanner, Fermanagh, Guyana, Hannah, Havana, hosanna, Indiana, Joanna, lanner, Louisiana, manna, manner, manor, Montana, nana, planner, Pollyanna, Rosanna, savannah, scanner, spanner, Susanna, tanner • Abner • Jaffna • Patna • caravanner • Africana , Afrikaner, Americana, ana, banana, Botswana, bwana, cabana, caragana, Christiana, Dana, darner, Edwardiana, garner, Georgiana, Ghana, Gloriana, Guiana, gymkhana, Haryana, iguana, Lana, lantana, liana, Lipizzaner, Ljubljana, Mahayana, mana,...

Pollyanna

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New Oxford American Dictionary (3 ed.)

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English Dictionary
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
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58 words
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Oxford Dictionary of English (3 ed.)

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English Dictionary
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
75 words
Pollyanna

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The Canadian Oxford Dictionary (2 ed.)

Reference type:
English Dictionary
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
32 words
Pollyanna

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The New Zealand Oxford Dictionary

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English Dictionary
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
31 words
Pollyanna

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Australian Oxford Dictionary (2 ed.)

Reference type:
English Dictionary
Current Version:
2004
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
41 words
Pollyanna

Pollyanna  

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An excessively cheerful or optimistic person, from the name of the optimistic heroine created by Eleanor Hodgman Porter (1868–1920), American author of children's stories.
Pollyanna effect

Pollyanna effect  

A tendency for people to pay more attention in their thought and speech to positive than negative aspects of their conceptual worlds and to process positive information more easily than negative ...
Eleanor Hodgman Porter

Eleanor Hodgman Porter  

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(1868–1920),author of juvenile novels, best known for her character Pollyanna, the “glad girl.” Her works include Cross Currents (1907), Miss Billy (1911), Pollyanna (1913), and Pollyanna Grows Up ...
trait negativity bias

trait negativity bias  

A tendency for unfavourable information about a person to have more impact on impressions of that person than favourable information, so that, for example, even a single unfavourable comment in an ...

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