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  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Ambition  \Am*bi"tion\,  n.  [F.  ambition,  L.  ambitio  a  going 
  around  especially  of  candidates  for  office  is  Rome,  to 
  solicit  votes  (hence,  desire  for  office  or  honor?  fr  ambire 
  to  go  around  See  {Ambient},  {Issue}.] 
  1.  The  act  of  going  about  to  solicit  or  obtain  an  office,  or 
  any  other  object  of  desire;  canvassing.  [Obs.] 
 
  [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. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Ambition  \Am*bi"tion\,  v.  t.  [Cf.  F.  ambitionner.] 
  To  seek  after  ambitiously  or  eagerly;  to  covet.  [R.] 
 
  Pausanias  ambitioning  the  sovereignty  of  Greece, 
  bargains  with  Xerxes  for  his  daughter  in  marriage. 
  --Trumbull. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  ambition 
  n  1:  a  cherished  desire;  "his  ambition  is  to  own  his  own 
  business"  [syn:  {aspiration},  {dream}] 
  2:  a  strong  drive  for  success  [syn:  {ambitiousness}] 
  v  :  have  as  one's  ambition 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  AMBITION,  n.  An  overmastering  desire  to  be  vilified  by  enemies  while 
  living  and  made  ridiculous  by  friends  when  dead. 
 
 




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