siege mentality


Definition of 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.

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Instead, the siege mentality has brought the oligarchs and the Kremlin closer together by increasing their mutual dependence, said Alexey Makarkin, analyst at Center of Political Technologies, another Moscow think tank. Anatoly Kurmanaev, WSJ, "U.S. Sanctions Bring Kremlin, Russian Oligarchs Closer Together," 29 Nov. 2018 The workforce of both ICE and the DEA features agents who harbor a siege mentality, fostered by a culture of secrecy and resentment of oversight, and susceptible to corruption. Kathleen Frydl, Vox, "Why we should abolish ICE — and the DEA too," 14 Aug. 2018 Jewish Caricatures The attacks have also brought out a siege mentality among some of his most ardent supporters. Thomas Penny,, "Corbyn Remains Untouchable as Anti-Semitism Row Engulfs Labour," 4 Apr. 2018 For some career professionals, a siege mentality has taken hold. Sharon Lafraniere, Katie Benner And Peter Baker, New York Times, "Trump’s Unparalleled War on a Pillar of Society: Law Enforcement," 3 Feb. 2018 The siege mentality is exploited and fanned by the authorities. The Economist, "Still cranky after all these yearsJapan’s plan to resolve a 70-year-old row with Russia is failing," 14 Dec. 2017 The shirts, born, in some cases, from a siege mentality, represent our past. Georgea Kovanis, Detroit Free Press, "The real problem with those Detroit pride T-shirts," 12 Sep. 2017 And so, in the age of Trump, police and the institutions that represent them continue to double down on their siege mentality. Sarah Jaffe, New Republic, "Trump Already Has a Wall. It’s the Thin Blue Line.," 1 Sep. 2017

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English Language Learners Definition of siege mentality

: a strong feeling that you are in constant danger or are surrounded by enemies

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