Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Lacking ambition; not aspiring to any goal.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not aspiring; not ambitious: as, a modest and unaspiring person.

Etymologies

un- +‎ aspiring (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Let the Grand Mujik mutter a thousand heresies, let three-quarters of the world accept and live them, you would not think the unaspiring three-quarters broken spirited.

    The Kempton-Wace Letters

  • Its not just a case of improving the school - by being able to get into an establishment that wasn't tainted by unaspiring kids and parents it allowed the ties to be cut.

    John Terry’s sacking as England captain tells us something interesting...

  • Our politicians should always should always keep in mind the saying from the Mahabharata: niriho nasnute mahat, "The unaspiring shall never enjoy greatness."

    This is the most propitious moment for the Savitri Era Party

  • As for the rural countryside, “We were in the heart and home of priestcraft—of a happy, cheerful, contented ignorance, superstition, degradation, poverty, indolence, and everlasting unaspiring worthlessness.”

    Mark Twain

  • Every great man, who gains a great end by dishonest means, does more to deteriorate his country and lower the standard of his countrymen than legions of vulgar thieves, or nameless unaspiring rogues.

    The Three Clerks

  • Low walls, unaspiring roof, and sheltering veranda, so contrived as to create, not tickling, fidgety draughts but smooth currents, “so full as seem asleep,” to flush each room so sweetly and softly that no perceptible difference between the air under the roof and of the forest is at any time perceptible.

    My Tropic Isle

  • An English thinker, on the other hand, finds in the very language of France the evidence of superficial emotion and unaspiring, irreverent intelligence.

    The Continental Monthly, Vol. 1, No. 2, February, 1862 Devoted To Literature And National Policy

  • Long generations of unaspiring humility have bequeathed her this soft and candid sign of distinction: as her turn comes in the line of inheritance she spends her life in keeping unsullied its difficult purity, and she will leave to her daughters the critical task of its equipoise.

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 12, No. 33, December, 1873

  • I too have, by implication, found this fault with Browning; but Mr. Nettleship differs from me in that he apparently delights to dwell on the idea of woman's accepted inferiority -- her "tender, unaspiring love ... type of that perfection which looks to one superior."

    Browning's Heroines

  • -- So then the little too can suffer! the ignorant, the indigent, the unaspiring!

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine — Volume 53, No. 327, January, 1843

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