survivalist

[ ser-vahy-vuh-list ]
/ sərˈvaɪ və lɪst /
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noun

a person who makes preparations to survive a widespread catastrophe, as an atomic war or anarchy, especially by storing food and weapons in a safe place.

Nearby words

  1. survival bag,
  2. survival curve,
  3. survival kit,
  4. survival of the fittest,
  5. survival value,
  6. survive,
  7. surviver,
  8. survivor,
  9. survivor guilt,
  10. survivor syndrome

Origin of survivalist

First recorded in 1965–70; survival + -ist

Related formssur·viv·al·ism, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for survivalist

survivalist

/ (səˈvaɪvəlɪst) /

noun

US
  1. a person who believes in ensuring his personal survival of a catastrophic event by arming himself and often by living in the wild
  2. (as modifier)survivalist weapons
Derived Formssurvivalism, noun

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Word Origin and History for survivalist

survivalist

n.

"one who practices outdoor survival skills" (often in anticipation of apocalypse or in fear of government), 1985, from survival + -ist.

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