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Inordinate seeking of recognition or honor. Ambition is morally good when the recognition sought is not selfish and the means used are not evil. It becomes sinful when motivated by pride or pursued without concern for justice or charity. (Etym. Latin ambitio, a going around, especially used of going around to solicit votes; hence a seeking for preferment, strive after, seek; from ambire, to go about.)