power hunger

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Noun1.power hunger - a drive to acquire power
ambitiousness, ambition - a strong drive for success
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Career politicians are the curse of the UK, both at local and national level, as their power hunger becomes more important than their service to the people.
The Celt is supposed to be spiritually superior to the Saxon (simpler, more creative, less vulgar, less snobbish, etc) but the usual power hunger is there under the surface.
No matter what kind of power hunger the Islamists in the two Arab countries may harbor, one of the biggest differences with Khomeini's Iran is the fact that the latter had paired its rupture with the West with its rupture with the political and constitutional life, to entrench its totalitarian isolation.
The Anabasis begins in 401 BC and it is the account of human deprivation, endurance, rage, envy, political ambition, bloodthirstiness and power hunger.