Definition of careerist in English:

careerist

adjective

derogatory
  • Concerned mainly with advancement in one's profession.

    ‘a careerist politician’
    • ‘What the film does do well is tell the story of this one man and capture the wider portrait of a profession where careerist opportunism has begun to count for more than old-fashioned ethics.’
    • ‘Amongst our current crop of careerist politicians, we simply don't have enough firebrands with a passionate commitment to pursuing genuine social change.’
    • ‘Politicians always have hidden careerist agendas, and are versed in the language of deceit.’
    • ‘She has work she loves, as a community physician - not, you'll note, as a cold-hearted status-obsessed selfish careerist user, as professional women are always accused of being.’
    • ‘But, anyone who thinks that careerist social climbers who work for giant media corporations run by billionaires aren't liberals to their bones just doesn't know what he's talking about.’
    • ‘Here we have self-obsessed careerist Lindsey, falling in love with the irresistibly sweet school teacher Ben (Fallon).’
    • ‘The most intense resistance comes from women who, despite the promises of careerist feminism, remain reluctant to surrender so many of their personal urges to the promises of ecstatic work.’
    • ‘Look at the changes in his party registrations, which even his mother thought were careerist and job-centered.’
    • ‘I didn't ask them why, but either morality or potential careerist reasons were likely.’
    • ‘How come they can't be able, well adjusted, successful, careerist Special Agents?’
    • ‘My first thoughts were to advise all my single friends to stay away from careerist husbands.’
    • ‘One of the realities of these worlds is the strategic exploitation of these essentialist identities as a means of personal leverage, power, and careerist gain.’
    • ‘It'll be interesting to see what it's like with fun being at the top of the list rather than some kind of careerist lunacy, you know?’
    • ‘The forceful, careerist Hepburn keeps Tracy off-balance, speaking multiple languages, shielding political refugees, and adopting a Greek orphan.’
    • ‘Students today are more careerist than ever before.’
    • ‘There are many factors involved in the line-up of forces in the threatened split, including, no doubt, personal grudges and careerist ambitions.’
    • ‘As Nick, Louis Lovett finds the perfect balance between feigned and real innocence, and between decency and the first signs of careerist deviousness.’
    • ‘As a matter of course, one did not turn down assignments: one responded without careerist calculation to the needs of the service.’
    • ‘These are men and women who work not off of political ideals or even insight, but rather are driven by careerist ambition and opportunist fear.’
    • ‘Today, vocationally oriented students and careerist colleagues make it a chore.’

noun

derogatory
  • A careerist person.

    ‘none of the women considered themselves high-powered careerists’
    • ‘It is manifestly not what public servants and military careerists are used to.’
    • ‘He is cynical about careerists and operators who flourish under patronage.’
    • ‘The court party retorted that the country party members were either secret Jacobites or self-seeking careerists, making trouble for their own ends.’
    • ‘Our celebrity driven news is presented by people who gave up being journalists and instead became careerists.’
    • ‘Many unions have suffered from years of bureaucratisation by right wing careerists and New Labour sycophants.’
    • ‘However, there are also a number of shameless careerists who inhabit New Labour, often former Tories.’
    • ‘Cynical careerists will work out early on that joining an editorial team embarked on a decades-long ‘service-to-scholarship’ enterprise is a dumb move.’
    • ‘We are the only political party with a mass link to the working class through the trade union movement, and like the unions, we have our share of careerists and reactionaries.’
    • ‘When a bunch of self-seeking careerists find themselves in positions of influence, is it any wonder things turn out to be such a mess?’
    • ‘They were extremely useful representatives of the people, and in no way out-and-out careerists.’
    • ‘We have machine politicians, patronage politicians, narrow ideologues and careerists.’
    • ‘The people I had based these characters on were clean-cut careerists rather than gangsters.’
    • ‘Polls tell us that we think they are out-of-touch, careerists, lying party hacks.’
    • ‘Not only are most journalists covering the presidential campaigns anxious, grudging careerists, one among their number is also a petty thief!’
    • ‘The younger soldiers who grew up in relatively peaceful times interpret the mentality of the careerists as one of making up for lost opportunities.’
    • ‘Jack's colleagues are a rum lot of shifty-eyed careerists, who'd think nothing of switching off your oxygen supply if they felt it would help them gain access to the next network level.’
    • ‘By throwing out the careerists and dead wood they can begin the job of turning the union into an organisation that's strong enough to defend the interests of all its members against those of the employer.’
    • ‘The loss of power will make the careerists and parasites run away from the party after they see that nothing more will be served on the party's table, and will head to the richer masses of the new time.’
    • ‘I expect the people in Congress to be careerists, because they are.’

Pronunciation

careerist

/kəˈrɪərɪst/