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Gumption vs Aspiration - What's the difference?

gumption | aspiration |

As nouns the difference between gumption and aspiration

is that gumption is energy of mind and body, enthusiasm while aspiration is aspiration (burst of air that follows the release of some consonants).




  • Energy of mind and body, enthusiasm.
  • *
  • Boldness of enterprise; initiative or aggressiveness, guts; spunk; initiative.
  • * 1936 ("Gumption" was used as one of Scarlett O'Hara's defining personality traits.) "What qualities are in those who fight their way through triumphantly that are lacking in those that go under? I only know that survivors used to call that quality 'gumption.' So I wrote about people who had gumption and people who didn't."
  • Synonyms

    * gumph * chutzpah



    Etymology 1


    (en noun)
  • The act of aspiring or ardently desiring; an ardent wish or desire, chiefly after what is elevated or spiritual (with common adjunct adpositions being to or of)
  • Riley has an aspiration to become a doctor
    Morgan has an aspiration of winning the game
    Derived terms
    * aspirational * aspirationalism * aspirationalist

    Etymology 2


    (en noun)
  • The action of aspirating.
  • (phonetics) A burst of air that follows the release of some consonants.
  • Derived terms
    * aspirational * preaspiration