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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.
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(kəˈrɪər ɪz əm)

devotion to a career, often at the expense of one's personal life or ethics.
ca•reer′ist, n.
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the characteristics associated with one who advances his career even at the expense of his pride and dignity. — careerist, n.
See also: Behavior
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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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