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Pursuit of professional advancement as one's chief or sole aim: "Rampant careerism, which makes many a work place a joyless site, was in check" (Mary McGrory).

ca·reer′ist adj. & n.


(kəˈrɪər ɪz əm)

devotion to a career, often at the expense of one's personal life or ethics.
ca•reer′ist, n.


the characteristics associated with one who advances his career even at the expense of his pride and dignity. — careerist, n.
See also: Behavior
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.careerism - the practice of advancing your career at the expense of your personal integrity
practice, pattern - a customary way of operation or behavior; "it is their practice to give annual raises"; "they changed their dietary pattern"
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This would contradict everything he has been preaching about clericalism and careerism in the Curia.
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Bureaucracy, careerism and insatiable personal interest constitute the very fuel that drives nations into a state of despotism, dictatorship and decadence.
Pope Francis has blasted top Catholic officials, saying the Vatican bureaucracy is riddled with careerism and scheming.
And the casual sexism is always there to rein us in, too: a Wall Street Journal editorial blaming fatherless children on mothers throws out the term "female careerism.
Evoking masculine, dangerously intimate, polished surfaces, Straight Razor reveals libidinous encounters, elegies, and satires on careerism in poetry.