Definitions

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  • n. The quality of being overambitious.

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Examples

  • I feel as if I am being disloyal to my oldest and once-dearest friend, someone whose warmth and generosity used to light up my life, but whose shortcomings such as overambition, overcomplication and, sometimes, lack of focus have started to get me down.

    Archive 2005-02-01

  • Most certainly, overambition was a near epidemic among the American writers who grew up in the shadow of the absurdly competitive Ernest Hemingway, but you still see traces among more contemporary authors — look at Union Atlantic, the new novel by Adam Haslett, who has tried to cram a bank collapse, the first Gulf War, and a good dose of Emersonian thought between the covers of one book.

    Is the Great American Novel Destroying Novelists?

  • In a recent book ( "Luxury Fever"), Cornell University economist Robert Frank urges that we penalize overambition with a progressive consumption tax.

    Ambition And Its Enemies

  • Thanks to some lofty acquisitions and failed ventures, it had become a poster child for Internet overambition.

    Periscope

  • The conglomerate eventually collapsed under its own overambition.

    A Family Affair

  • The performance of the public service is characterised by underspending and overambition, Public Service Commission (PSC) chairman Stan Sangweni said on Wednesday

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Funnily enough, Korngold had a similar generosity, naivety and overambition; and Korngold is often criticised in a remarkably similar way.

    Archive 2005-01-01

  • He added, "Some senior officers misinterpret drive, energy, and enthusiasm for overambition...he is outside the mold and that makes some other officers uncomfortable."

    Philocrites: November 2003 Archives

  • He added, "Some senior officers misinterpret drive, energy, and enthusiasm for overambition ... he is outside the mold and that makes some other officers uncomfortable."

    Waiting for the General

  • The decade began with paralysis in Bosnia, overambition in Somalia, a blind eye in Rwanda.

    DELIVER US FROM EVIL

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