opportunist opportunist  /ˌɑ pər ˈtu nɪst/

Definition(s):

  1. (n) a person who places expediency above principle
  2. (adj) taking immediate advantage, often unethically, of any circumstance of possible benefit

Usage(s):

  1. He believes Johnson wasn't a committed New Dealer but an opportunist who supported Roosevelt to get elected.
  2. To the daughter, Sukhreet Gabel, Myerson was a manipulative opportunist who banished her when the scam broke in the newspapers.
  3. To rival politicians Chubais is an opportunist most dedicated to his own advancement.

News

  1. Would-be Iowa 1st District GOP candidate branded ‘compromiser,’ ‘opportunist’

    The gloves are coming off in what is likely to become a three-way race for the GOP nomination in Iowa’s 1 st District. “He’s an opportunist,” Blum said, claiming Paulsen would not be thinking about running if it wasn’t an open-seat race.
    on June 19, 2013     Source: The Gazette

  2. Poll shows higher approval ratings for Rick Scott

    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott's path to re-election likely revolves around casting his potential Democratic opponent Charlie Crist as a political opportunist devoid of principles, a new poll on the 2014 race suggests.        
    on June 19, 2013     Source: Sun-Sentinel

  3. Poll shows higher approval ratings for Scott

    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott's path to re-election likely revolves around casting his potential Democratic opponent Charlie Crist as a political opportunist devoid of principles, a new poll on the 2014 race suggests.        
    on June 19, 2013     Source: Orlando Sentinel

Quotes

  1. Thrilled Tunstall gushed: "So, 11 o'clock on Christmas morning, the doorbell goes and it's Luke suited and booted. With all his bags. And a little box. Wrapped with a ribbon. He proposed. Being an opportunist, I obviously said Yes. It feels...
    on Jan 11, 2008 By: KT Tunstall Source: Daily Mail

  2. "Diego is dangerous. But the whole of the Uruguayan team is," Heitinga told Fifa.com. "I am relieved that Luis Suarez is suspended as he is a real opportunist. With him, a half chance can turn into a goal. He will certainly be missed by his...
    on Jul 5, 2010 By: John Heitinga Source: stv.tv

  3. During her 2002 CNN appearance, Van Houten called Manson "an opportunist of the cruelest, most vicious kind."
    on Mar 30, 2009 By: Leslie Van Houten Source: CNN

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