sur·​viv·​al·​ist | \ sər-ˈvī-və-list How to pronounce survivalist (audio) \

Definition of survivalist

: a person who advocates or practices survivalism especially : one who has prepared to survive in the anarchy of an anticipated breakdown of society

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survivalist adjective

Examples of survivalist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Not only that, but Chantal, of all people, becomes a survivalist and provides the gang with shelter from the apocalypse. Chancellor Agard,, 7 Jan. 2022 As head instructor of the outdoor-survivalist SERE Training School, Krebs has been through her fair share of gear. Rachael Schultz, Outside Online, 4 Dec. 2018 Larsson said that, with every update, the team at Mojang Studios attempts to provide something new for every type of fan — like, the builder, the explorer or the survivalist. Washington Post, 17 Nov. 2021 Christmas plans are disrupted when her network gets her to spend three days in the wild with a survivalist for a television event. Washington Post, 29 Nov. 2021 Goodman’s survivalist is certainly prepared for the worst, but his bouts of rage and paranoia create a place that feels anything but safe its inhabitants, er, prisoners. Ben Flanagan |, al, 25 Nov. 2021 An always-in-control talk show host has her holiday turned upside down when her network bosses send her to spend three days in the wild with an survivalist-show host., 18 Nov. 2021 Her survivalist skills are finally tested when she and Erik are separated upon their discovery by a rogue CIA operative, Marissa Wiegler (Mireille Enos) and her team of agents. Joe Otterson, Variety, 3 Nov. 2021 Steven Bertolino, an attorney for the Laundrie family, previously said Brian Laundrie is not a wilderness survivalist. Tribune News Service, Arkansas Online, 18 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of survivalist

1970, in the meaning defined above

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16 Jan 2022

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“Survivalist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of survivalist

: a person who believes that government and society will soon fail completely and who stores food, weapons, etc., in order to be prepared to survive when that happens


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