Definition of Careerism

1. Noun. The practice of advancing your career at the expense of your personal integrity.

Generic synonyms: Pattern, Practice
Derivative terms: Careerist

Definition of Careerism

1. Noun. The overwhelming desire or urge to advance one's own career or social status, usually at the expense of other personal interests or social growth. ¹

2. Noun. (Chiefly American English) The perception that being a member of the military is a career, rather than an obligation to serve one's country. ¹

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Definition of Careerism

1. [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Careerism

career-limiting move
career-limiting moves
career break
career breaks
career choice
career counseling
career criminal
career criminals
career girl
career man
career mobility
careerism (current term)

Literary usage of Careerism

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1. Ethics and National Defense: The Timeless Issues by James C. Gaston (1994)
"In doing a careful inquiry into careerism, we are immediately faced with the problem of clarifying just what we take careerism to be, and as part of this ..."

2. Military Ethics: Reflections on Principles: Profession of Arms, Mil. Leader edited by Malham M. Wakin (1987)
"But how far are we to push the idea of careerism in combat? Are we to believe that "body count" (killing to kill, the "assumption" that a dead Vietnamese ..."

3. Are Military Adultery Standards Changing: Congressional Hearing edited by Sam Brownback (2000)
"careerism is also encouraged by the military's "up or out" personnel management ... Military careerism is especially evident among the 150000 uniformed ..."

4. An Almanack for the Year of Our Lord by Joseph Whitaker (1869)
"... of English poetic literature is the result either of vulgar careerism, or of a poet trying to keep his band In. Most poets are dead by their late ..."

5. The Gentleman's Magazine (1858)
"... careerism. The walls at this time were still manifest, and parts left. A very small portion is ail I could detect when I viewed it a few months since. ..."

6. The Glands Regulating Personality: A Study of the Glands of Internal by Louis Berman (1921)
"... feminist movement has been an attempt to break away from the traditions of the wife-careerist, and to strike a line of auto- careerism. ..."

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