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Her opponents describe her as a self-serving opportunist who will say anything and stab anyone in the back to get what she wants.
  one who takes advantage of unplanned circumstances — possibly unethically
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Strongly Associated with:   opportune, opportunistic
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  • Her opponents describe her as a self-serving opportunist who will say anything and stab anyone in the back to get what she wants.
  • Her self-centered opportunism has not gone unnoticed.
  • ...said that dr. strauss was nothing but an opportunist who was trying to ride to glory on his coattails.
    Daniel Keyes  --  Flowers for Algernon
  • Deserter soldiers and other opportunists were thick on the roads, making even short trips risky.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind

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  • But really, in fact I don’t mind her opportunism, her wishful pluck, the way her voice positively rings with the joyous vibrancy of commerce (a note I sorely miss).
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • Miraculously, Oskar Schindler, this complex man of many contradictions—Nazi opportunist, schemer, courageous maverick, rescuer, hero—had saved nearly 1,200 Jews from almost certain death.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • Now she was the subject of many da-zi-bao calling her an opportunist, a black executioner, a corruptor of the young.
    Ji-Li Jiang  --  Red Scarf Girl
  • Oh, what ghoulish opportunism are writers prone to!
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • We all detest them, partly for their lack of judgment, mostly because: of their ignorance and toe-curling opportunism.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • Brothers, this man is a-a-opportunist!
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man

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  • But,’ Nately cried out in disbelief, ’you’re a turncoat! A time-server! A shameful, unscrupulous opportunist!
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • So spoke the opportunist, the survivor.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • Other people’s optimism manifested itself, perhaps subconsciously, as opportunism: an inherent belief, in defiance of all logic, that although war was bound to come — that had been decided long ago — its actual outbreak would be delayed, so they could live life to the full a little longer.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • Because of this pressure, the leaders of such a community inevitably must face that ultimate internal question: to succumb to complete opportunism as the price of maintaining their rule, or risk sacrificing themselves for the sake of the orthodox ethic.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • They were all corrupt opportunists.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • Hence the common divorce of opportunism from virtue and the resultant degeneration of human existence.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • But that, at least, lets them be opportunists.
    Ford Madox Ford  --  The Good Soldier
  • Moreover, the path of the practical politician pointed the same way; for, argued this opportunist, if we cannot peacefully reconstruct the South with white votes, we certainly can with black votes.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • This was an organized group of criminal opportunists who were not simply taking what they needed to survive.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • Young accused Swann of being a traitor to the workers, an opportunist, a collaborator with the police, and an adherentof Trotsky.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • There was no sign of victims or fresh blood, leading us to believe that some time had passed since the recreational vehicle mounted the plow, probably in a moment when opportunism seemed an easily defensible failing, given the situation.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • Not only was d’Anjou a consummate liar when it counted most and an opportunist of the first rank, but he was extraordinarily resourceful.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • And even the necessity for the right kind of compromise does not eliminate the need for those idealists and reformers who keep our compromises moving ahead, who prevent all political situations from meeting the description supplied by Shaw: "smirched with compromise, rotted with opportunism, mildewed by expedience, stretched out of shape with wirepulling and putrefied with permeation."
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • …primary and secondary: colonialism’s legacies (especially the propagation of the myth that Tutsis were a superior race of alien invaders); past and present violence that hardened ethnic prejudice and helped to beget further violence; political opportunism that took advantage of a largely uneducated population, imbued, some have said, with the habit of obedience; overpopulation, environmental degradation, and economic distress that led to competition for dwindling resources; the harmful…
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • …that country so much that he was even glad when he saw it drifting closer and closer to a doomed and fatal war; that he would have joined the Yankee army, Father said, only he was not a soldier and knew that he would either be killed or die of hardship and so not be present on that day when the South would realise that it was now paying the price for having erected its economic edifice not on the rock of stern morality but on the shifting sands of opportunism and moral brigandage.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • During the first months, Senator Trueba shared the opportunism of his class.
    Isabel Allende  --  The House of Spirits
  • An amoral opportunist.
    J.D. Robb  --  Naked in Death
  • Glancing at Prusias, Max saw the king leaning forward and staring hard at the remaining vials—ever the opportunist.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • But they’re opportunists.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • It was during this period that he learned the deliberate and responsible opportunism that later was so characteristic of his statecraft.
    Richard Hofstadter  --  Abraham Lincoln and the Self-Made Myth
  • His talent didn’t necessarily reside in a wisdom for capital and markets but rather in an expert and unflinching opportunism, the hunch for the big kill.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  Native Speaker
  • The commissar’s naivete embarrassed him, but the sly sophistication of the commandant and his aide-two sneering and dissembling opportunists-was no better.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • Attolia saw his smile, without any hint of self-effacement or flattery or opportunism, a smile wholly unlike that of any member of her court, and she hit him across the face with her open hand.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  Queen of Attolia
  • Opportunists like you shouldn’t have them.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • He is a contemptible Bernard and opportunist, and he doesn’t believe in God; he took the bishop in!"
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • "Opportunist actions" that would provoke Nazi reprisals should be avoided.
    Mal Peet  --  Tamar
  • " Behind the rapes and other abuse heaped on women in much of the world, it’s hard not to see something more sinister than just libido and prurient opportunism.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • ] MOTHER-JACQUES: Opportunists!
    Eugene Ionesco  --  The Future Is in Eggs
  • What’s that supposed to mean, ’opportunist actions’?
    Mal Peet  --  Tamar
  • All opportunist actions, and all bloody good ones, if you ask me.
    Mal Peet  --  Tamar
  • He was a valorous opportunist who pounced hoggishly upon every opportunity Colonel Korn discovered for him and trembled in damp despair immediately afterward at the possible consequences he might suffer.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • His hard line was also meant to draw attention from the more pointed talk of his alleged adultery with a woman whose name was now public, rumors he was saying were the work of certain political opportunists.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  Native Speaker
  • Brothers, this man is a pure dee opportunist!
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • This opportunist thinks that because he’s got a little more education he’s better than anybody else.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • I tell you this opportunist had that reporter sent up there.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • ... [lawlessness] creates situations when amorality and opportunism start to be considered the norm.
    Leon Aron  --  The "Mystery" of the Soviet Collapse  --,pubID.24215/pub_detail.asp(retrieved 06/29/06)
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Associated words [difficulty]:   opportunist [5] , opportune [4] , opportunistic [7]
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