Definitions

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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun One who is excessively ambitious.

Etymologies

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ambition +‎ -ist

Examples

  • 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!

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