bunker mentality


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 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, "Charity begins at work," 6 June 2019 The bunker mentality of nuclear engineers has been matched by the hysteria of some antinuclear campaigning. Fred Pearce, Time, "How the 'Compulsive Secrecy’ of the Atomic Age Has Changed the Way We Think," 22 May 2018 That old bunker mentality apparently cannot be surgically repaired. David Whitley, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Tiger Woods 2.0 deserves respect, not adoration," 3 Apr. 2018 Although Zuckerberg assumed more responsibility for mistakes in his Wednesday press tour, there were signs of a bunker mentality forming among Facebook's rank-and-file. Tracey Lien, latimes.com, "Silicon Valley played by a different set of rules. Facebook’s crisis could put an end to that," 23 Mar. 2018 Greenwald’s bunker mentality makes his Russia skepticism especially intuitive. Simon Van Zuylen-wood, Daily Intelligencer, "Does This Man Know More Than Robert Mueller?," 21 Jan. 2018 Observers say the move reflects a possible deepening of a bunker mentality as the country is besieged by international criticism over what the U.N. has labeled an ethnic cleansing campaign. Laignee Barron, Time, "Myanmar Blacklists a U.N. Rights Investigator as Genocide Accusations Intensify," 21 Dec. 2017

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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 31 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of bunker mentality

disapproving : a very defensive way of thinking by the members of a group who believe that they are being wrongly attacked or criticized by others

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