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Definition one hoping to achieve recognition or advancement
  • a lofty aspirant
  • Men insist that they don't mind women succeeding so long as they retain their "femininity". Yet the qualities that men consider "feminine" timidity, submissiveness, obedience, silliness, and self-debasement—are the very qualities best guaranteed to assure the defeat of even the most gifted aspirant.
    Elizabeth Gould Davis
  • "As you know, this is the first time we've broadcast an Aspirant session."
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • They untune and dissipate the brave aspirant.'
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Society and Solitude
  • At eighteen hundred feet in the air, the large aircraft began to cruise and prepare to offload its twenty aspirants.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • His unbroken national interscholastic mile record stands as a challenge to the aspirants of the (Ginger Cup).
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • "Then I shall come home and teach drawing for my living," replied the aspirant for fame, with philosophic composure.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • — The reply to this, of course, is that given by Ramakrishna: God has made different religions to suit different aspirants. times, and countries.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • Under big awnings the aspirants to food wait their turn, aligned along the curbs of streets gaping and sizzling in the fires of noon.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • Of these four Aspirants, one will be named the Foretold.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • Kat, I hear some aspirants for the frying-pan over there.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • No demon lord or aspirant shall invade these, lands or harm its inhabitants under pain of death.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • Every career has its aspirants, who form a train for those who have attained eminence in it.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • But the thing has to be done scientifically, or the last state of the aspirant may be worse than the first.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • They were aware of it, for they would raise their shaggy heads from the grass and gaze a moment at the king and his jealous aspirant.
    Zane Grey  --  The Thundering Herd
  • To the Press, for the fair field its honest suffrage has opened to an obscure aspirant.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • But nothing is gained by increasing the army amongst a democratic people, because the number of aspirants always rises in exactly the same ratio as the army itself.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • Behind them followed other Companions of the Temple, with a long train of esquires and pages clad in black, aspirants to the honour of being one day Knights of the Order.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • First, all the sugar must be chewed out of Mexican gum, then the bartender gives a few slips of paper to the aspirant, who writes either a proverb or a sentimental remark on the strip.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • He had always opposed my militant flippancy about the plebe system, and I knew it would offend him deeply to see it directed at newly ordained aspirants to the invigorating rituals of that system.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline

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