Ambition vs Philanthropist - What's the difference?

ambition | philanthropist |

As nouns the difference between ambition and philanthropist

is that ambition is ambition for some particular achievement while philanthropist is a person who loves humankind in general.




  • (uncountable, countable) Eager or inordinate desire for some object that confers distinction, as preferment, honor, superiority, political power, or literary fame; desire to distinguish one's self from other people.
  • My son, John, wants to be a firefighter very much. He has a lot of ambition .
  • * Burke
  • the pitiful ambition of possessing five or six thousand more acres
  • (countable) An object of an ardent desire.
  • My ambition is to own a helicopter.
  • A desire, as in (sense 1), for another person to achieve these things.
  • (uncountable) A personal quality similar to motivation, not necessarily tied to a single goal.
  • (obsolete) The act of going about to solicit or obtain an office, or any other object of desire; canvassing.
  • * Milton
  • [I] used no ambition to commend my deeds.


    (en verb)
  • To seek after ambitiously or eagerly; to covet.
  • Pausanias, ambitioning the sovereignty of Greece, bargains with Xerxes for his daughter in marriage. — Trumbull.




    (en noun)
  • A person who loves humankind in general.
  • A very generous person or institution.
  • Antonyms

    * misanthropist

    See also

    * altruist * altruism (strong like of human race) * misanthropy (hatred of human race) * misanthropic * misanthropist * misandry (hatred of males) * misogyny (hatred of females) * philanthropy * philanthropic (loving human race) * philandry (love of males) * philogyny (love of females)