opportunist (n.) 1881, from OPPORTUNISM (Cf. opportunism) (q.v.) + -IST (Cf. -ist). A word in Italian politics, later applied in French to Gambetta (1881) and then generally in English to any who seek to profit from the prevailing circumstances.

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  • Opportunist — Op por*tun ist, n. [Cf. F. opportuniste.] One who advocates or practices opportunism. [Recent] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • opportunist — ► NOUN ▪ a person who takes advantage of opportunities as and when they arise, regardless of planning or principle. ► ADJECTIVE ▪ opportunistic. DERIVATIVES opportunism noun …   English terms dictionary

  • opportunist — [[t]ɒ̱pə(r)tju͟ːnɪst, AM tu͟ːn [/t]] opportunists 1) ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n (disapproval) If you describe someone as opportunist, you are critical of them because they take advantage of any situation in order to gain money or power, without… …   English dictionary

  • opportunist — op|por|tun|ist [ˌɔpəˈtju:nıst US ˌa:pərˈtu: ] n 1.) someone who uses every opportunity to gain power, money, or unfair advantages used to show disapproval ▪ Voters dislike opportunists politicians who change their policies according to opinion… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • opportunist — UK [ˌɒpə(r)ˈtjuːnɪst] / US [ˈɑpərˌtunɪst] / US [ˌɑpərˈtunɪst] noun [countable] Word forms opportunist : singular opportunist plural opportunists showing disapproval someone who takes every opportunity to gain an advantage and is willing to behave …   English dictionary

  • opportunist — noun (C) someone who uses every chance to gain power or unfair advantage over others opportunist adjective: the opportunist policies of war time leaders. opportunistic adjective: A recent police video reflects the increasing number of… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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