Definition of

Survivor

  1. (noun, animal) an animal that survives in spite of adversity
  2. (noun, person) one who outlives another
  3. (noun, person) one who lives through affliction

via WordNet, Princeton University

Synonyms of Survivor

subsister

Origin of the word Survivor

  1. 1504, in the legal sense of "one who outlives another," from survive. Meaning "one who has a knack for pulling through adversity" is attested from 1971. Survivor syndrome is first recorded 1968. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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