Definition of Opportunist

1. Noun. A person who places expediency above principle.

Exact synonyms: Self-seeker
Specialized synonyms: Backscratcher, Bottom Feeder, Carpetbagger, Hustler, Operator, Wheeler Dealer, Timeserver
Generic synonyms: Selfish Person
Derivative terms: Opportunism

2. Adjective. Taking immediate advantage, often unethically, of any circumstance of possible benefit.
Exact synonyms: Opportunistic, Timeserving
Similar to: Expedient
Derivative terms: Opportunism

Definition of Opportunist

1. n. One who advocates or practices opportunism.

Definition of Opportunist

1. Noun. Someone who takes advantage of any opportunity to advance his own situation, placing expediency above principle. ¹

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Definition of Opportunist

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Opportunist

opponens digiti minimi
opponens pollicis
opponent colour
opportunist (current term)
opportunistic infection
opportunistic infections
opportunistic pathogen
opportunity cost
opportunity engineering

Literary usage of Opportunist

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Works of Tennyson by Alfred Tennyson Tennyson, Hallam Tennyson Tennyson (1905)
"He wisely took little notice of the villagers' gatherings, was opportunist in the issue and suspension of edicts against foreign preachers, ..."

2. The Cambridge Modern History by Adolphus William Ward, George Walter Prothero (1907)
"An opportunist policy was also followed in dealing with ordinary dissent. The early drastic measures resulted in the flight of a considerable portion of the ..."

3. History of the Commonwealth and Protectorate, 1649-1656 by Samuel Rawson Gardiner (1903)
"To speak of Oliver as an opportunist changing his political attitude from year to ... In truth he was the heir and suc- opportunist. cessor of Stafford—like ..."

4. French Civilization in the Nineteenth Century: A Historical Introduction by Albert Léon Guérard (1918)
"THE opportunist REPUBLIC, 1879-99. I 3. The opportunist Republic, 1879-99.—Result of the 16th of May: annihilation of the Presidency, paralysis of the ..."

5. English Farming Past & Present by Rowland Edmund Prothero Ernle (1917)
"... beef and mutton the growing need : Robert Bakewell the agricultural opportunist; his experiments with the Black Horse, the Leicester Longhorns, ..."

6. The Settlement Idea: A Vision of Social Justice by Arthur Cort Holden (1922)
"Speaking broadly the conservative is more generally the opportunist. He is quite ready to play the game of life ..."

7. The Americana: A Universal Reference Library, Comprising the Arts and ...edited by Frederick Converse Beach, George Edwin Rines edited by Frederick Converse Beach, George Edwin Rines (1912)
"... denning the essentials of the Christian faith, is as follows: is frankly opportunist in adapting herself to the needs and conditions of modern life. ..."

8. History of the Commonwealth and Protectorate, 1649-1660 by Samuel Rawson Gardiner (1901)
"... °f Oliver as an opportunist changing his mst- political attitude from year to year, if not from day to day, is to misjudge his character. ..."

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