careerist

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From career +‎ -ist

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careerist (plural careerists)

  1. (derogatory) A person who pursues the advancement of his career at the expense of other values.
    • 1980, Alfred Kern, “Waiting for Euripides”, reprinted in Malham M. Wakin (editor), Military Ethics, DIANE Publishing (1994), →ISBN, page 121:
      A careerist is a square-filler, a time-server. His talents and imagination have been circumscribed to perform managerial duties.
    • 1997, Anita Blair, quoted in U.S. Society & Values, June 1997: The Changing Roles of Women in the United States, DIANE Publishing, →ISBN, page 27:
      You’ve got a lot of elite careerist women in the officer corps who have a certain set of desires usually related to their career.
  2. A person who takes a job, especially in the military, for a long time rather than temporarily.

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careerist (comparative more careerist, superlative most careerist)

  1. Of or pertaining to such a person or way of life

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