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survivalist

[ser-vahy-vuh-list] /sərˈvaɪ və lɪst/
noun
1.
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.
Origin
1965-1970
1965-70; survival + -ist
Related forms
survivalism, noun
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  • Hikers, for example, take the survivalist approach with featherweight tents and minimal equipment.
  • The movie is given over to a family in flight, the primal survivalist drama.
  • Always the survivalist, he seemed to ration his remaining breaths.
  • The survivalist lives on a boat on which he is growing a precious tomato plant.
British Dictionary definitions for survivalist

survivalist

/səˈvaɪvəlɪst/
noun
1.
(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
survivalism, noun
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Word Origin and History for 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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