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 careerism (audio) \ noun or adjective

Examples of careerism in a Sentence

She was appalled by his careerism.
Recent Examples on the Web Sometimes it's misinterpreted as careerism or jumping from place to place. CBS News, 25 Aug. 2021 All the characters experience the crushing weight of Stalinism: the inability to speak freely, the military’s political careerism and a growing Russian anti-Semitism. Wendy Z. Goldman, WSJ, 21 May 2021 Every one of them put party and personal careerism before country. Philip Martin, Arkansas Online, 23 Aug. 2020 And while many a movie would reduce David's star pupil, April (Hannah Marks), to a cliché of high-octane sexuality and ruthless careerism, Rey teases the stereotype but ultimately takes the character's ambition seriously. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, 5 Aug. 2020 Jansons regarded careerism in music as a troubling trend. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 9 Jan. 2020 That dedication to scientific truth above careerism — his openness didn’t endear him to the powers that be — defined his professional life. Sharon Begley, STAT, 20 Dec. 2019 To do it in a spirit of political careerism, and the need to put something seemingly new and exciting in front of a mob that has grown jaded and bored by its own prosperity, is morally indefensible. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, 19 Nov. 2019 Barlow’s games tackle adult themes such as love, jealousy, gender politics and careerism. Chris Byrd, Washington Post, 29 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of careerism

1933, in the meaning defined above

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“Careerism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of careerism

: 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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