sur·viv·al·ist | \sər-ˈvī-və-list \

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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The 33-year-old survivalist from Colorado has accomplished a lot on the long-running show. Steve Helling,, "Naked and Alone: How Matt Wright Survived the Most Dangerous Discovery Channel Challenge Ever," 17 June 2018 Shriver, who has a survivalist background, had been hiding from search parties and was paranoid somebody was looking for her, the sheriff’s office said in a tweet. Ryan Gillespie,, "Missing Deltona woman found in Tiger Bay State Forest, deputies say," 26 June 2018 The survivalist group does not advocate white supremacy, though its mostly white members seek refuge from urban social unrest. Maria L. La Ganga, idahostatesman, "Visiting Kentucky leaders ask about race, diversity, and Boise's lack thereof | Idaho Statesman," 9 May 2018 The movie tells the story of amateur survivalist Christopher McCandless (Hirsch), who makes a series of poor decisions. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "The 18 Best True Story Movies," 21 May 2018 That it’s taken this long for a new Granik film to hit theaters is a shame, so here’s hoping this tale of a hardcore survivalist and his daughter living way off the grid is worth the wait. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "17 under-the-radar summer movies you won’t want to miss," 30 Apr. 2018 Walking Dead fans either love or hate the cocky, brutal leader of the survivalist Saviors. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "'Rampage' star Jeffrey Dean Morgan gets emotional about loss, love and baby girl George," 11 Apr. 2018 Scenes with the town's mayor and a crew of survivalists hint at directions a more socially-conscious movie might have headed, but there's no attempt at any kind of commentary here, on the surface or below it. John Defore, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Attack of the Southern Fried Zombies': Film Review," 24 Mar. 2018 Tanaka's disaster chic includes an orange version of her survivalist misanga. Susan Scutti, CNN, "Japan's 'Bosai Girls' bring fashion to disaster relief," 24 Apr. 2018

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1970, in the meaning defined above

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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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