ca·​reer·​ism | \ kə-ˈrir-ˌi-zəm How to pronounce careerism (audio) \

Definition of careerism

: the policy or practice of advancing one's career often at the cost of one's integrity

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careerist \ kə-​ˈrir-​ist How to pronounce careerist (audio) \ noun or adjective

Examples of careerism in a Sentence

She was appalled by his careerism.

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Barlow’s games tackle adult themes such as love, jealousy, gender politics and careerism. Chris Byrd, Washington Post, "How the surveillance state, loss of intimacy, and Metroid inspired Sam Barlow’s ‘Telling Lies’," 29 Aug. 2019 There were bourgeois city dwellers and poor farmers, Communists and non-Communists, reactionaries, Old Bolsheviks, internationalist Comintern officials; fur coats, pianos, subways, airplanes; careerism, backbiting, and ambition. Aaron Lake Smith, Harper's magazine, "The Trials of Vasily Grossman," 24 June 2019 But her tenure at Our Revolution has been marked by accusations of mismanagement and self-interested careerism. Sarah Jones, The New Republic, "Is It Time for Change at Our Revolution?," 21 May 2018 Suburban sprawl, environmental negligence and the emphasis on careerism were unfortunate turnoffs from being among the first students at California Institute of the Arts, when the college opened in 1971. Mark Swed,, "Becoming John Luther Adams: The evolution of one of America's hottest composers," 3 May 2018 At the same time, not every culpable police action is motivated by careerism or dishonesty of purpose. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "‘Trust but Verify’ Applies to the FBI," 13 Apr. 2018 Breaking up Washington’s monopoly on power would also diminish the leapfrogging careerism of professional Washington bureaucrats and politicians. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "Rethinking the Geography of Power," 1 Feb. 2018 By the end of the decade, glamour was back, as was the economy, and as the ’80s beckoned, celebrity, wealth, and careerism began to play a central role in fashion. Stephen Mooallem, Harper's BAZAAR, "Free Love and Fashion," 18 Aug. 2017 Gone are dumb adolescent antics; replacing them are jokes about careerism, the fear of settling down, and the perils of being young parents. David Sims, The Atlantic, "The Joke Has Died With Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later," 8 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of careerism

1933, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of careerism

disapproving : an attitude or way of behaving that involves trying to do whatever you can to make more money or get promoted at your job

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a topic to which one constantly reverts

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