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Synonyms for ambition
æmˈbɪʃ ənam·bi·tion

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English Synonyms and Antonyms3.1 / 7 votes

  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 Antonyms2.3 / 4 votes

  1. ambition

    Synonyms:
    aspiration, emulation, appetition

    Antonyms:
    indifference, inappetency, contentment, moderation

Princeton's WordNet5.0 / 1 vote

  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 Synonymes0.0 / 0 votes

  1. ambitionnoun

    Synonyms:
    desire of superiority, desire of distinction

  2. ambitionnoun

    Synonyms:
    longing, yearning, aspiration

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words0.0 / 0 votes

  1. ambitionnoun

    Synonyms:
    aspiration, emulation

PPDB, the paraphrase database0.0 / 0 votes

  1. List of paraphrases for "ambition":

    aspiration, ambitiousness, aim, desire, objective, goal

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How to use ambition in a sentence?

  1. Pearl Bailey:

    A man without ambition is dead. A man with ambition but no love is dead. A man with ambition and love for his blessings here on earth is ever so alive. Having been alive, it won't be so hard in the end to lie down and rest.

  2. Axelle Lemaire:

    Emmanuel Macron is becoming more vocal in his criticism of the EU. He is still a strong supporter of the European project and its ambition but he has been critical of its transparency, democracy and efficiency and whether it is creating jobs and prosperity. i think he is sincere in his request for reform. It is not possible to accept the situation as it is, and people don't accept it as it is. So this means dealing with Germany, especially if it is run again by Angela Merkel, by saying 'let's try to re-instill ambition in the European project'. I think he will carry out a reform agenda.

  3. Beau Biden:

    But I realized I didn't miss a thing. Ambition is really important. You need it. And I certainly have never lacked in having ambition.

  4. Beau Biden:

    Looking back on it, the truth be told, the real reason I went home every night was that I needed my children more than they needed me, but I realized I didn't miss a thing. Ambition is really important. You need it. And I certainly have never lacked in having ambition.

  5. Leslie Miklosy:

    Ambition's true reward can only be gotten without ambition's trade.


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