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Definition of Ambition

  AMBITION   noun
An overmastering desire to be vilified by enemies while living and made ridiculous by friends when dead.

Devil's Dictionarydefinition from:
The Devil's Dictionary
by Ambrose Bierce, 1911

Regular definition:
śm?b???n n. 1 (often foll. by to + infin.) the determination to achieve success or distinction, usu. in a chosen field. 2 the object of this determination. [ME f. OF f. L ambitio -onis f. ambire ambit- canvass for votes: see AMBIENT]

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