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Synonyms for ambition
æmˈbɪʃ ənam·bi·tion

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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. ambition

    Aspiration is the desire for excellence, pure and simple. Ambition, literally a going around to solicit votes, has primary reference to the award or approval of others, and is the eager desire of power, fame, or something deemed great and eminent, and viewed as a worthy prize. The prizes of aspiration are virtue, nobility, skill, or other high qualities. The prizes of ambition are advancement, fame, honor, and the like. There is a noble and wise or an ignoble, selfish, and harmful ambition. Emulation is not so much to win any excellence or success for itself as to equal or surpass other persons. There is such a thing as a noble emulation, when those we would equal or surpass are noble, and the means we would use worthy. But, at the highest, emulation is inferior as a motive to aspiration, which seeks the high quality or character for its own sake, not with reference to another. Competition is the striving for something that is sought by another at the same time. Emulation regards the abstract, competition the concrete; rivalry is the same in essential meaning with competition, but differs in the nature of the objects contested for, which, in the case of rivalry, are usually of the nobler sort and less subject to direct gaging, measurement, and rule. We speak of competition in business, emulation in scholarship, rivalry in love, politics, etc.; emulation of excellence, success, achievement; competition for a prize; rivalry between persons or nations. Competition may be friendly, rivalry is commonly hostile. Opposition is becoming a frequent substitute for competition in business language; it implies that the competitor is an opponent and hinderer.

    Synonyms:
    aspiration, competition, emulation, opposition, rivalry

    Antonyms:
    carelessness, contentment, humility, indifference, satisfaction

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. ambition

    Synonyms:
    aspiration, emulation, appetition

    Antonyms:
    indifference, inappetency, contentment, moderation

Princeton's WordNet

  1. ambition, aspiration, dreamnoun

    a cherished desire

    "his ambition is to own his own business"

    Synonyms:
    breathing in, aspiration, inhalation, inspiration, ambitiousness, pipe dream, dream, intake, dreaming

  2. ambition, ambitiousnessverb

    a strong drive for success

    Synonyms:
    ambitiousness, dream, aspiration

  3. ambitionverb

    have as one's ambition

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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. ambitionnoun

    Synonyms:
    desire of superiority, desire of distinction

  2. ambitionnoun

    Synonyms:
    longing, yearning, aspiration

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. ambitionnoun

    Synonyms:
    aspiration, emulation

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "ambition":

    aspiration, ambitiousness, aim, desire, objective, goal

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How to use ambition in a sentence?

  1. Elvis Presley:

    Ambition is a dream with a V8 engine.

  2. Timothy Leary:

    Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.

  3. Lisa Tobin:

    If you listen to the show, it's the same curiosity and ambition and desire to get to the heart of questions and ideas, i think the evolution has just been in the more people that you bring onto the team, the more ambitiously you can answer those questions.

  4. Vincent Van Gogh:

    What am I in the eyes of most people — a nonentity, an eccentric, or an unpleasant person — somebody who has no position in society and will never have; in short, the lowest of the low. All right, then — even if that were absolutely true, then I should one day like to show by my work what such an eccentric, such a nobody, has in his heart. That is my ambition, based less on resentment than on love in spite of everything, based more on a feeling of serenity than on passion. Though I am often in the depths of misery, there is still calmness, pure harmony and music inside me. I see paintings or drawings in the poorest cottages, in the dirtiest corners. And my mind is driven towards these things with an irresistible momentum.” ― Vincent van Gogh

  5. March Thiam:

    That should validate in a way the strategy and confirms some of the insights that have guided us, the ambition in this strategy is to grow fundamentally. To grow and to resolve the capital issue for good.


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