siege mentality


: a defensive or overly fearful attitude

Examples of siege mentality in a Sentence

Living in a high-crime area can create a siege mentality.
Recent Examples on the Web The United States must drop its siege mentality on immigration and start to understand it as a complex regional problem. Shannon K. O’Neil, Foreign Affairs, 20 Feb. 2024 With prominent First Amendment lawyers declaring that Dominion had an exceptionally strong case, a siege mentality appeared to set in. Jeremy W. Peters, New York Times, 27 May 2023 Amid a rash of brazen burglaries this year, some San Francisco residents are adopting a siege mentality. Anna Buchmann,, 24 Dec. 2020 The new revelations remind us of the academic squabbling, pettiness, and biases that pervade many areas of science, and the existence of a siege mentality among some of the top echelons that works to paper over differences and uncertainties. Keith Kloor, Discover Magazine, 25 Nov. 2011 Looking back, a corporate siege mentality and poor training contributed to serious mistakes in judgment, said another former Uber executive from this era. Joseph Menn, Washington Post, 6 July 2015 That has fostered not only a type of siege mentality but also frequent bouts of bad blood. New York Times, 13 May 2022 Among academy leaders who have been buffeted by nearly nonstop controversy and uncomfortable scrutiny since the #OscarSoWhite firestorm erupted in 2015, a sort of siege mentality has taken hold. Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Times, 30 Mar. 2022 The intent was to create a siege mentality that feeds into the Kremlin’s central theme: The West wants to bring Russia to its knees. Markus Ziener, Los Angeles Times, 22 Mar. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1953, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of siege mentality was in 1953

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“Siege mentality.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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