from The Century Dictionary.
- noun An ambitious person; one devoted to self-aggrandizement.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun rare One excessively ambitious.
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- noun One who is excessively
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Unhappily it was in the military province only that Napoleon could realise this idea of his, being forced to fight for himself the while: before he got it tried to any extent in the civil province of things, his head by much victory grew light (no head can stand more than its quantity); and he lost head, as they say, and became a selfish ambitionist and quack, and was hurled out; leaving his idea to be realised; in the civil province of things, by others!