Antonyms for aspired

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For a moment at least he looked like the King which he aspired to be.

If he had been fit for the high destiny he aspired to—if he had been fit to be a judge, he would not have fallen.

It savoured of servitude to his mind, and who was this same Pippo who aspired to be his master?

I have aspired to his method, but realize it is impossible for me.

I did not tell you that I aspired to the honour of marrying her.

But, while ideas were plentiful, no one aspired to lead an attack on Whispering Smith.

The request was made in a voice that aspired to bass depths.

Gradually he aspired to become a gentleman; just a member of society like the rest.

Charles Sumner aspired to break the succession, but not the system.

This was the commencement of a higher state of existence than any to which I had ever aspired.

WORD ORIGIN

"to strive for," c.1400, from Old French aspirer "aspire to; inspire; breathe, breathe on" (12c.), from Latin aspirare "to breathe upon, to breathe," also, in transferred senses, "to be favorable to, assist; to climb up to, to endeavor to obtain, to reach to, to seek to reach; infuse," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + spirare "to breathe" (see spirit (n.)). The notion is of "panting with desire," or perhaps of rising smoke. Related: Aspired; aspiring.