from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Pursuit of professional advancement as one's chief or sole aim: "Rampant careerism, which makes many a work place a joyless site, was in check” ( Mary McGrory).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. 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.
  • n. The perception that being a member of the military is a career, rather than an obligation to serve one's country.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The practice of advancing one's career at the expense of one's personal integrity.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the practice of advancing your career at the expense of your personal integrity


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  • I like having a career, but that kind of careerism reeks of intellectual and scholarly unseriousness.

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  • The impact of aberrations such as careerism, personal enrichment and corruption on the revolutionary morality of the ANC has also been observed and debated.


  • This should be combined with addressing challenges of accountability and dispassionately managing the negative effects of incumbency such as careerism, competition for status, corruption and so on.


  • The ANC has had to contend with an exodus of experienced leadership from full-time organisational work, with weakened branches, and with the emergence of tendencies such as careerism and factionalism.

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  • If the ANC was genuinely trying to stop "careerism" within its ranks, it was going about it the wrong way.

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  • Mbeki called on ANC members to fight corruption and "careerism" within the party's ranks.

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  • The lack of deep spiritual friendship between priests; the unreal world they inhabit, at least from the viewpoint of a typical American family; the careerism that is the noxious fruit of the bureaucratic world of the chancery—all this works against the priest using his celibacy to be free for his people.

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