Bill struggles with being a good man and providing for his family, even as his ambition often gets the best of him.
You also make a special promise never to “strive or ambition” for a high office in the Jesuits or in the church.
Google, for one, has gotten plenty of press about its four-year-old ambition to become a carbon-neutral company.
Rage shares that ambition, even though its release is gimmicky.
The Good Wife has mined the pull between idealism and ambition throughout its run.
In yourself, in Polypes, there is an ambition to cease to be one.
How amusing are men's dreams—those of humility as well as those of ambition!
Vanity was really his other name, and ambition with him knew no bounds.
This great event gave a new impulse and a new direction to the ambition of La Salle.
He hoped to arm against the ambition of Rome all the barbarous nations his neighbours, whose liberty she threatened.
mid-14c., from Middle French ambition or directly from Latin ambitionem (nominative ambitio) "a going around," especially to solicit votes, hence "a striving for favor, courting, flattery; a desire for honor, thirst for popularity," noun of action from past participle stem of ambire "to go around" (see ambient).
Rarely used in the literal sense in English, where it carries the secondary Latin sense of "eager or inordinate desire of honor or preferment." In early use always pejorative, of inordinate or overreaching desire; ambition was grouped with pride and vainglory.