- an earnest desire for some type of achievement or distinction, as power, honor, fame, or wealth, and the willingness to strive for its attainment: Too much ambition caused him to be disliked by his colleagues.
- the object, state, or result desired or sought after: The crown was his ambition.
- desire for work or activity; energy: I awoke feeling tired and utterly lacking in ambition.
- to seek after earnestly; aspire to.
Origin of ambition
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Examples from the Web for ambitionless
Lazy and ambitionless, they are incapable of uniting their tribal forces.The Little Lady of Lagunitas
Richard Henry Savage
A wonderful waking dream of joy overflooding years of ambitionless ease; of the Damory Court that should be in days to come.The Valiants of Virginia
Hallie Erminie Rives
Could this vapid and ambitionless assembly produce real men?The Barrier
The shepherd's life in the far West is as uninteresting, ambitionless, and lonely an existence as falls to the lot of man.Cattle-Ranch to College
Years in the factory had made them dead, listless, soulless and ambitionless creatures.The Bishop of Cottontown
John Trotwood Moore
- strong desire for success, achievement, or distinction
- something so desired; goal; aim
Word Origin and History for ambitionless
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.