Ambition Am*bi"tion, n. [F. ambition, L. ambitio a going around, especially of candidates for office is Rome, to solicit votes (hence, desire for office or honor), fr. ambire to go around. See {Ambient}, {Issue}.] 1. The act of going about to solicit or obtain an office, or any other object of desire; canvassing. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

[I] used no ambition to commend my deeds. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. An eager, and sometimes an inordinate, desire for preferment, honor, superiority, power, or the attainment of something. [1913 Webster]

Cromwell, I charge thee, fling a way ambition: By that sin fell the angels. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The pitiful ambition of possessing five or six thousand more acres. --Burke. [1913 Webster]

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