aspiration

[ as-puh-rey-shuhn ]SEE DEFINITION OF aspiration
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He was more than usually polite to the major: he was in the army, the goal of his aspiration!

There were throes of love within her, of aspiration, of an ineffable delight in being.

And the 'ole point of an aspiration is the sacrifice of someone else.

We write from aspiration and antagonism, as well as from experience.

There is no room for aspiration and no need of any: 'What is actual is rational, what is rational is actual.'

The first may be described as the aspiration of the soul after another state of being.

Centuries of aspiration and culture—and the world could not escape it.

Such imposition destroys every better impulse and aspiration.

I drink the wine of aspiration, and the drug of disillusion.

We were going as hard as ever to keep up, but on higher levels of aspiration.

WORD ORIGIN

1530s, "action of breathing into," from Latin aspirationem (nominative aspiratio), noun of action from past participle stem of aspirare (see aspire). Meaning "steadfast longing for a higher goal, earnest desire for something above one" is recorded from c.1600 (sometimes collectively, as aspirations).

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