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Ambition vs. Duty

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Ambitionnoun

Eager or inordinate desire for some object that confers distinction, as preferment, honor, superiority, political power, or literary fame; desire to distinguish one's self from other people.

‘My son, John, wants to be a firefighter very much. He has a lot of ambition.’;

Dutynoun

That which one is morally or legally obligated to do.

‘We don't have a duty to keep you here.’;

Ambitionnoun

(countable) An object of an ardent desire.

‘My ambition is to own a helicopter.’;

Dutynoun

A period of time spent at work or doing a particular task.

‘I’m on duty from 6 pm to 6 am.’;

Ambitionnoun

A desire, as in (sense 1), for another person to achieve these things.

Dutynoun

Describing a workload as to its idle, working and de-energized periods.

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Ambitionnoun

(uncountable) A personal quality similar to motivation, not necessarily tied to a single goal.

Dutynoun

A tax placed on imports or exports; a tariff.

‘customs duty; excise duty’;

Ambitionnoun

(obsolete) The act of going about to solicit or obtain an office, or any other object of desire; canvassing.

Dutynoun

(obsolete) One's due, something one is owed; a debt or fee.

Ambitionverb

To seek after ambitiously or eagerly; to covet.

‘Pausanias, ambitioning the sovereignty of Greece, bargains with Xerxes for his daughter in marriage. — Trumbull.’;

Dutynoun

(obsolete) Respect; reverence; regard; act of respect; homage.

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Ambitionnoun

The act of going about to solicit or obtain an office, or any other object of desire; canvassing.

‘[I] used no ambition to commend my deeds.’;

Dutynoun

The efficiency of an engine, especially a steam pumping engine, as measured by work done by a certain quantity of fuel; usually, the number of pounds of water lifted one foot by one bushel of coal (94 lbs. old standard), or by 1 cwt. (112 lbs., England, or 100 lbs., United States).

Ambitionnoun

An eager, and sometimes an inordinate, desire for preferment, honor, superiority, power, or the attainment of something.

‘Cromwell, I charge thee, fling a way ambition:By that sin fell the angels.’; ‘The pitiful ambition of possessing five or six thousand more acres.’;

Dutynoun

That which is due; payment.

‘When thou receivest money for thy labor or ware, thou receivest thy duty.’;

Ambitionverb

To seek after ambitiously or eagerly; to covet.

‘Pausanias, ambitioning the sovereignty of Greece, bargains with Xerxes for his daughter in marriage.’;

Dutynoun

That which a person is bound by moral obligation to do, or refrain from doing; that which one ought to do; service morally obligatory.

‘Forgetting his duty toward God, his sovereign lord, and his country.’;

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Ambitionnoun

a cherished desire;

‘his ambition is to own his own business’;

Dutynoun

Hence, any assigned service or business; as, the duties of a policeman, or a soldier; to be on duty.

‘With records sweet of duties done.’; ‘To employ him on the hardest and most imperative duty.’; ‘Duty is a graver term than obligation. A duty hardly exists to do trivial things; but there may be an obligation to do them.’;

Ambitionnoun

a strong drive for success

Dutynoun

Specifically, obedience or submission due to parents and superiors.

Ambitionverb

have as one's ambition

Dutynoun

Respect; reverence; regard; act of respect; homage.

Dutynoun

The efficiency of an engine, especially a steam pumping engine, as measured by work done by a certain quantity of fuel; usually, the number of pounds of water lifted one foot by one bushel of coal (94 lbs. old standard), or by 1 cwt. (112 lbs., England, or 100 lbs., United States).

Dutynoun

Tax, toll, impost, or customs; excise; any sum of money required by government to be paid on the importation, exportation, or consumption of goods.

Dutynoun

work that you are obliged to perform for moral or legal reasons;

‘the duties of the job’;

Dutynoun

the social force that binds you to your obligations and the courses of action demanded by that force;

‘we must instill a sense of duty in our children’; ‘every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation; every possession, a duty’;

Dutynoun

a government tax on imports or exports;

‘they signed a treaty to lower duties on trade between their countries’;

Duty

A duty (from meaning Old French: deu, did, past participle of devoir; Latin: debere, debitum, whence ) is a commitment or expectation to perform some action in general or if certain circumstances arise. A duty may arise from a system of ethics or morality, especially in an honor culture.

‘due’; ‘that which is owing’; ‘debt’;

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