Synonyms for ambition
- fire in belly
- get up and go
- right stuff
Antonyms for ambition
EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR AMBITION
No ambition, no temptation, lures her to thought of foreign dominions.
She had won her ambition of years, revenge on the man who had sent her to prison.
But ambition is foreign to the Shakespeare-Hamlet nature, so the poet does not employ it.
It was once my ambition to visit one by one every noteworthy spot in France.
The first was addressed to the fears of the Athenians, the second to their ambition.
As to the supposed danger from the ambition of Syracuse, that was mere idle talk.
The pride and ambition of the Syracusans now knew no bounds.
She must not be sacrificed to policy or ambition, and she must not be left to suffer from the dread of it.
Ambition, selfishness, and the love of success, were alike his inspiration and his ruin.
My ambition was excited to deserve his friendship, and to accomplish his predictions.
mid-14c., from Middle French ambition or directly from Latin ambitionem (nominative ambitio) "a going around," especially to solicit votes, hence "a striving for favor, courting, flattery; a desire for honor, thirst for popularity," noun of action from past participle stem of ambire "to go around" (see ambient).
Rarely used in the literal sense in English, where it carries the secondary Latin sense of "eager or inordinate desire of honor or preferment." In early use always pejorative, of inordinate or overreaching desire; ambition was grouped with pride and vainglory.
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