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.
Recent Examples on the Web Cities may adopt a siege mentality to the environment while being deeply reliant upon it for survival. Darran Anderson, The Atlantic, "Why Every City Feels the Same Now," 24 Aug. 2020 Rather than dwell on the unrest and surrender to a siege mentality, Afghans attempt to create a semblance of stability by devoting their attention to the day at hand. Martin Kuz, The Christian Science Monitor, "Living in a war zone: What it teaches about surviving a pandemic," 29 Apr. 2020 Maxwell and Shields have a good appreciation for the psyche of bitter white Southerners — formed by defeat in the Civil War and nurtured by a siege mentality in which the enemy became the federal government. Curtis Wilkie, Washington Post, "A ‘grand bargain’ that secured the South for the GOP," 16 Aug. 2019 Who but a small minority would want to organize life around a siege mentality? Renee Diresta, WIRED, "Seeing Through Silicon Valley’s Shameless ‘Disruption’," 28 July 2019 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 Who but a small minority would want to organize life around a siege mentality? Renee Diresta, WIRED, "Seeing Through Silicon Valley’s Shameless ‘Disruption’," 28 July 2019

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First Known Use of siege mentality

1953, in the meaning defined above

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“Siege mentality.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Oct. 2020.

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siege mentality


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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