The survivor was an Italian crew member who was found in the restaurant area of the sunken ship.
The principal, a second-generation Holocaust survivor, takes offense.
In March, she told Dateline NBC that Burnett told the survivor jury, “Rich played the game better.”
c.1500, in the legal sense of "one who outlives another," agent noun from survive. Meaning "one who has a knack for pulling through adversity" is attested from 1971. Survivor syndrome is first recorded 1968.