Definition of careerist in US English:

careerist

adjective

  • A person whose main concern is for professional advancement, especially one willing to achieve this by any means.

    as modifier ‘a careerist politician’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Here we have self-obsessed careerist Lindsey, falling in love with the irresistibly sweet school teacher Ben (Fallon).’
    • ‘Students today are more careerist than ever before.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘As Nick, Louis Lovett finds the perfect balance between feigned and real innocence, and between decency and the first signs of careerist deviousness.’
    • ‘How come they can't be able, well adjusted, successful, careerist Special Agents?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Amongst our current crop of careerist politicians, we simply don't have enough firebrands with a passionate commitment to pursuing genuine social change.’
    • ‘There are many factors involved in the line-up of forces in the threatened split, including, no doubt, personal grudges and careerist ambitions.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The forceful, careerist Hepburn keeps Tracy off-balance, speaking multiple languages, shielding political refugees, and adopting a Greek orphan.’
    • ‘Politicians always have hidden careerist agendas, and are versed in the language of deceit.’
    • ‘Look at the changes in his party registrations, which even his mother thought were careerist and job-centered.’
    • ‘Today, vocationally oriented students and careerist colleagues make it a chore.’
    • ‘I didn't ask them why, but either morality or potential careerist reasons were likely.’
    • ‘My first thoughts were to advise all my single friends to stay away from careerist husbands.’
    • ‘As a matter of course, one did not turn down assignments: one responded without careerist calculation to the needs of the service.’

Pronunciation

careerist

/kəˈrɪrəst//kəˈrirəst/