survivalist

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

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.

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Origin of survivalist

First recorded in 1965–70; survival + -ist

OTHER WORDS FROM survivalist

sur·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 forms of survivalist

survivalism, noun
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