VCR PRESENTATION 7

Hannah Magraw

FILL IN THE BLANK WITH THE WORD THAT BEST FITS.

The college student appeared to be just casually walking to class, but when he saw a fallen woman and her purse spilled across the sidewalk, he became an _________________, taking advantage of the situation, and snatched the wallet and ran.
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THE WORD.

opportunist--noun


-a person or an animal taking advantage of any chance to achieve an end in a forceful or self-serving way


-a person who exploits circumstances to gain immediate advantage rather than being guided by consistent principles or plans

OTHER FORMS.

opportunistic--adjective


opportunistically--adverb


opportunism--noun

THE ROOTS.

portus


Latin


"harbor" or "gate"

THE HISTORY.

from opportunism


1881


a word in Italian politics, later used in French and even later in general English


SYNONYMS.

  • carpetbaggers


  • self-seeker


  • go-getter

ANTONYMS.

  • humanitarian


  • philanthropist


  • good samaritan


  • benefactor

CHOOSE THE SENTENCE IN WHICH THE WORD IS USED INCORRECTLY.

  1. Jen held such a high ranking job by being an opportunist, always taking advantage of any situation that presented itself.
  2. Anthony's actions were opportunistic as he used the doctor's illness to suck up to another doctor and steal the spot on the surgery team.
  3. The Opportunist Club's goals are to "promote an active interest in good government and civic affairs" and "work for international accord and friendship among all people."
  4. I reject opportunism, disagreeing with the idea of someone profiting by taking every chance to help move themselves up in the world.

3 IS INCORRECT BECAUSE THE CORRECT WORD IS "OPTIMIST." ALTHOUGH BOTH ARE NOUNS, THEIR ACTIONS ARE OPPOSITE. THE OPTIMIST CLUB TRIES TO HELP AND PROMOTE THE GOOD OF THE WHOLE SOCIETY, WHILE THE OPPORTUNIST ONLY LOOKS FOR HIMSELF.