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Greed vs. Ambition

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Greednoun

A selfish or excessive desire for more than is needed or deserved, especially of money, wealth, food, or other possessions.

‘His greed was his undoing.’;

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.’;

Greednoun

An eager desire or longing; greediness; as, a greed of gain.

Ambitionnoun

(countable) An object of an ardent desire.

‘My ambition is to own a helicopter.’;

Greednoun

excessive desire to acquire or possess more (especially more material wealth) than one needs or deserves

Ambitionnoun

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

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Greednoun

reprehensible acquisitiveness; insatiable desire for wealth (personified as one of the deadly sins)

Ambitionnoun

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

Greednoun

intense and selfish desire for something, especially wealth, power, or food

‘the colonists' greed for African land’; ‘mercenaries who had allowed greed to overtake their principles’; ‘greed has taken over football’;

Ambitionnoun

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

Greed

Greed (or avarice) is an uncontrolled longing for increase in the acquisition or use of material gain (be it food, money, land, or animate/inanimate possessions); or social value, such as status, or power. Greed has been identified as undesirable throughout known human history because it creates behavior-conflict between personal and social goals.

Ambitionverb

To seek after ambitiously or eagerly; to covet.

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

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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.’;

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.’;

Ambitionverb

To seek after ambitiously or eagerly; to covet.

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

Ambitionnoun

a cherished desire;

‘his ambition is to own his own business’;

Ambitionnoun

a strong drive for success

Ambitionverb

have as one's ambition

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