sur·​viv·​al·​ism | \ sər-ˈvī-və-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce survivalism (audio) \

Definition of survivalism

: an attitude, policy, or practice based on the primacy of survival as a value

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Recent Examples on the Web Such end-of-the-world survivalism was great fun, getting paid to play outside and do something meaningful. Frank Bures, Outside Online, "How a Midwestern Survival Camp Is Uniting the Outdoors," 17 Oct. 2019 The movie takes place in a Gotham City that is essentially Manhattan circa 1977 — garbage strikes and graffiti, a mood of dog-eat-dog survivalism — and Arthur is the ultimate victim at the bottom of the urban food chain., "Most read on," 3 Oct. 2019 Athleisure, gorpcore, workwear, and streetwear are all obvious antecedents, what’s new is the sense of survivalism. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Has War-Core Replaced Normcore in Fashion?," 27 July 2018 As the disaster preparedness phenomenon spreads from the rich and eccentric into mainstream America, survivalism is becoming big business. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Suburbanizing Survivalism," 12 Dec. 2017 But in recent years survivalism has expanded to more affluent quarters, taking root in Silicon Valley and New York City, among technology executives, hedge-fund managers, and others in their economic cohort. John Carl Baker, New Republic, "Income Inequality Will Survive the Nuclear Apocalypse," 14 July 2017 In recent years, survivalism has been edging deeper into mainstream culture. Evan Osnos, The New Yorker, "Doomsday Prep for the Super-Rich," 30 Jan. 2017 There was State of Decay 2, another zombie invasion survival game (exclusive to Xbox One and Windows 10), and The Darwin Project, an arena-style survivalism game (launch exclusive). Matt Peckham, Time, "Here's Everything Microsoft Just Announced at the Xbox E3 Show," 11 June 2017 But his clichéd life is rendered in clichés; his feral survivalism and his extended solitude are grossly oversimplified and underimagined. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "Wakefield," 29 May 2017

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1928, in the meaning defined above

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“Survivalism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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