bunker mentality

noun

Definition of bunker mentality

: a state of mind especially among members of a group that is characterized by chauvinistic defensiveness and self-righteous intolerance of criticism

Examples of bunker mentality in a Sentence

Faced with the threat of scandal, the company adopted a bunker mentality and refused to talk with reporters.
Recent Examples on the Web Ultimately, the key to keeping houses of worship relatively accessible to newcomers may lie in dispelling a bunker mentality within the denomination. Stephen Humphries, The Christian Science Monitor, 3 Mar. 2022 His latest belligerence follows two years of pandemic isolation and eight years of Western sanctions that analysts say have fed the bunker mentality Putin has exhibited since his earliest years. Washington Post, 20 Feb. 2022 His latest belligerence follows two years of pandemic isolation and eight years of Western sanctions that analysts say have fed the bunker mentality Putin has exhibited since his earliest years. Paul Sonne And Robyn Dixon, Anchorage Daily News, 20 Feb. 2022 Many buildings went up, even in the face of pushback where residents raised concerns that University Circle Inc. was using the same bunker mentality for which it was long known. Eric Heisig, cleveland, 5 Sep. 2021 Sometimes there's a bunker mentality or us-versus-them or righteous indignation that the Democrats or the media are being unfair, but there's none of that right now. BostonGlobe.com, 13 Jan. 2021 The release of those tapes, along with other criticism, has contributed to a bunker mentality in the White House, with both Trumps feeling besieged. Washington Post, 17 Nov. 2020 Several states have seen a run on gun stores, and sales have skyrocketed since the early days of the pandemic, spurred on by a bunker mentality, worries over societal unrest, and fears of federal overreach. Kim Kelly, The New Republic, 21 May 2020 There was widespread bullying of staff and a bunker mentality among senior management; 39% of employees developed mental or physical health issues as a result of their work. The Economist, 6 June 2019 See More

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First Known Use of bunker mentality

1974, in the meaning defined above

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“Bunker mentality.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bunker%20mentality. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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