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

Examples of survivalism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An April update included warnings about survivalism and affinity fraud. The Salt Lake Tribune, 4 Aug. 2021 Musk says Mars settlers are in for a trip filled with survivalism and resource management. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 26 Apr. 2021 The church’s latest updates to the online General Handbook contain warnings about affinity fraud and survivalism, while encouraging members to be vaccinated. David Noyce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 8 Apr. 2021 Such end-of-the-world survivalism was great fun, getting paid to play outside and do something meaningful. Frank Bures, Outside Online, 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., 3 Oct. 2019 Athleisure, gorpcore, workwear, and streetwear are all obvious antecedents, what’s new is the sense of survivalism. Steff Yotka, Vogue, 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, 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, 14 July 2017

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First Known Use of survivalism

1928, in the meaning defined above

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“Survivalism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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