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Opportunist   /ˌɑpərtˈunɪst/   Listen

A person who places expediency above principle.  Synonym: self-seeker.

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"Opportunist" Quotes from Famous Books

... has borrowed money from me! He is a contemptible Bernard and opportunist, and he doesn't believe in God; he ...
— The Brothers Karamazov • Fyodor Dostoyevsky

... I've been thinking it over ever since you told me Henty had fought shy. I 've a poor opinion of Henty. He's one of those fellows that says one thing and does another. An opportunist! ...
— Forsyte Saga • John Galsworthy

... President. He made the speech; he declared for Government ownership of railroads. Business, roaring with pain, fell back into the Republican arms, and Bryan was defeated for President. No, Bryan is not an opportunist—not in things ...
— New York Times Current History; The European War, Vol 2, No. 4, July, 1915 - April-September, 1915 • Various

... feet and ran lightly up-stairs; but, fast as she fled, thought outran her slender flying feet, and she came at last very leisurely into Celia's room, a subdued, demure opportunist, apparently with nothing ...
— Ailsa Paige • Robert W. Chambers

... last, emerged to find the polished floors crowded with an influx of new guests, come to enliven the dance. His was, as ever, a Roman progress; he stopped and was stopped everywhere; like a happy opportunist, he plucked the flowers as they came under his hand, and gayly whirled from one measure to another. So the glorious evening was half spent before, in an intermission, he found himself facing Sharlee Weyland, who was uncommonly ...
— Queed • Henry Sydnor Harrison

... convenient intervals. It was unfortunate, in their view, that they could not always be at war; but they recognized that there must be breathing times and that it was important to choose the right moment for massacre and pillage. Daring but sagacious, they followed an opportunist policy. At times their warriors delighted to lurk in the outskirts of Montreal with tomahawk and scalping-knife and to organize great war-parties, such as that {89} which was arrested by Dollard and his heroic companions at the Long Sault in 1660. At other times they ...
— The Fighting Governor - A Chronicle of Frontenac • Charles W. Colby

... democratic party at Rome were dominant, though their policy was inconsistent and opportunist. Probably the leading men, such as Crassus and the rising Gaius, Julius Caesar, stood aside from the wilder schemes, such as the Catilinarian conspiracies, but secretly fostered them. Catiline's projects were betrayed, and the illegal execution ...
— The World's Greatest Books, Vol XI. • Edited by Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton

... settlers if they resisted the transfer of their part of the island to France. He also enjoined the utmost possible economy in public expenditure, and urged that the French settlers should have a large share in the conduct of local affairs. This zeal on behalf of local self-government was markedly opportunist. It arose from a suggestion of Colonel Wigglesworth, Commissary-General in Hayti, that the expenses of that colony would not lessen until there was a regular Government. In the midst of the financial strain at home Pitt and his colleagues desired that the French settlers should bear their ...
— William Pitt and the Great War • John Holland Rose

... but wholly attractive and self-confident young opportunist in white flannels, he sauntered through the hotel gardens and out along ...
— The Firing Line • Robert W. Chambers

Words linked to "Opportunist" :   opportunism, operator, wheeler dealer, expedient, bottom feeder, selfish person, backscratcher, timeserver, hustler, carpetbagger

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