Ambition

Definition of Ambition

Am`bi´tion
n.1.The act of going about to solicit or obtain an office, or any other object of desire; canvassing.
[I] used no ambition to commend my deeds.
- Milton.
2.An eager, and sometimes an inordinate, desire for preferment, honor, superiority, power, or the attainment of something.
Cromwell, I charge thee, fling a way ambition:
By that sin fell the angels.
- Shak.
The pitiful ambition of possessing five or six thousand more acres.
- Burke.
v. t.1.To seek after ambitiously or eagerly; to covet.
Pausanias, ambitioning the sovereignty of Greece, bargains with Xerxes for his daughter in marriage.
- Trumbull.

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