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 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, "Trump isolated, angry at aides for not defending him," 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, "Melania Trump, like America, may be more in love with President Trump than his critics would hope," 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, "The Rise of the 3D-Printed Gun," 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, "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

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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 11 May. 2021.

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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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