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Definition someone who takes advantage of unplanned circumstances — possibly unethically
  • Her opponents describe her as a self-serving opportunist who will say anything and stab anyone in the back to get what she wants.
opportunist = someone who takes advantage of unplanned circumstances
  • Her self-centered opportunism has not gone unnoticed.
  • opportunism = taking personal advantage of unplanned circumstances
  • ... [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)
  • 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
  • ] MOTHER-JACQUES: Opportunists!
    Eugene Ionesco  --  The Future Is in Eggs
  • During the first months, Senator Trueba shared the opportunism of his class.
    Isabel Allende  --  The House of Spirits
  • He is a contemptible Bernard and opportunist, and he doesn't believe in God; he took the bishop in!"
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • 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
  • They were all corrupt opportunists.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • Opportunists like you shouldn't have them.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Brothers, this man is a-a-opportunist!
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • Hence the common divorce of opportunism from virtue and the resultant degeneration of human existence.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • A shameful, unscrupulous opportunist!
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • 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
  • We all detest them, partly for their lack of judgment, mostly because: of their ignorance and toe-curling opportunism.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • This was an organized group of criminal opportunists who were not simply taking what they needed to survive.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • "Opportunist actions" that would provoke Nazi reprisals should be avoided.
    Mal Peet  --  Tamar
  • 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
  • But that, at least, lets them be opportunists.
    Ford Madox Ford  --  The Good Soldier
  • Oh, what ghoulish opportunism are writers prone to!
    William Styron  --  Sophie's Choice

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