Part of speech: noun

One who waits for or takes advantage of circumstances or opportunities to gain his ends.

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Usage examples "opportunist":

  1. This man was merely an opportunist. - "Slippy McGee, Sometimes Known as the Butterfly Man", Marie Conway Oemler.
  2. Not a theorist, but an opportunist of the highest type, sobered by years of responsibility in war time, and fully understanding the precarious situation in 1865, Lincoln was most anxious to secure an early restoration of solidarity with as little friction as possible. - "The Sequel of Appomattox A Chronicle of the Reunion of the States, Volume 32 In The Chronicles Of America Series", Walter Lynwood Fleming.
  3. Culvera was an opportunist. - "Steve Yeager", William MacLeod Raine.