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.
Recent Examples on the Web Every one of them put party and personal careerism before country. Philip Martin, Arkansas Online, "Republican Scientology," 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, "'I Used to Go Here': Film Review," 5 Aug. 2020 Jansons regarded careerism in music as a troubling trend. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "Mahatma Jansons," 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, "Unorthodox Alzheimer’s researcher Robert Moir dies at age 58," 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, "Rubio’s and Warren’s Immoral Attack on Capitalism," 19 Nov. 2019 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

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First Known Use of careerism

1933, in the meaning defined above

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“Careerism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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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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