ad·​mi·​ra·​tion | \ ˌad-mə-ˈrā-shən \

Definition of admiration

1 : a feeling of respect and approval They had/felt great admiration for her courage.
2 : an object of esteem … his perfect horsemanship … was one of my earliest admirations.— Joseph Conrad
3 archaic : wonder

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Synonyms & Antonyms for admiration


account, appreciation, esteem, estimation, favor, regard, respect



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Examples of admiration in a Sentence

She looked at them in admiration. I have great admiration for her courage. We were filled with admiration for him. She earned the admiration of her coworkers. I have a great admiration for her courage.
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As well as fans praising the players, Gareth Southgate was also honoured with 'Waistcoat Wednesday,' where fans took to Twitter to show their admiration of the manager's now iconic style., "How Social Media Helped Create a Positive Atmosphere for England to Thrive in During World Cup Run," 12 July 2018 The Keeping Up with the Kardashians star also shared her admiration for her husband while sharing a never-before-seen photo from their wedding. Maria Pasquini,, "Kanye West Wondered If Kim Kardashian Would Leave Him After Slavery Comment Controversy: 'I Learned So Much'," 25 June 2018 Many Polish fans describe their admiration for what drives Icelandic players: patriotism, above all else. National Geographic, "Why the Iceland National Team Has So Many Polish Fans," 14 June 2018 The celebrity's visit comes at an interesting time: About a month ago her husband, rapper Kanye West, made a series of unexpected and controversial revelations including, among other things, his deep admiration for Trump. Aj Willingham, CNN, "5 things for May 31: Russia investigation, journalist's faked death, Kim Kardashian West," 31 May 2018 More and more frequently, the device tries to keep the conversation going, as if to win over our admiration. Steven Brykman, Ars Technica, "Douglas Adams was right: “Genuine people personalities” are coming to our gadgets," 22 Dec. 2018 At her appearance at the Royal Foundation Forum back in February 2018, Meghan showed her admiration for the Time's Up movement, and encouraged women to support one another, and to lend their voices to empowering causes. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Visit a Sexual Violence and Abuse Charity in Brighton," 3 Oct. 2018 Three years later Jackie would have another occasion to express her admiration of Russian artists. Sam Kashner And Nancy Schoenberger, Town & Country, "How Jackie Kennedy and Lee Radziwill Found Careers and Happiness in the 1970s," 13 Aug. 2018 Part of Trump’s attraction to John stems from his pure admiration of the singer’s success, said Michael D’Antonio, a biographer of the president. Amanda Svachula,, "What’s the deal with President Trump and Elton John?," 7 July 2018

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First Known Use of admiration

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for admiration

Middle English admiracion, borrowed from Middle French & Latin; Middle French amiracion, going back to Old French ammiration, borrowed from Latin admīrātiōn-, admīrātiō, from admīrārī "to admire" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of action nouns

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The first known use of admiration was in the 15th century

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ad·​mi·​ra·​tion | \ ˌad-mə-ˈrā-shən \

Kids Definition of admiration

: a feeling of great respect and approval

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to gather or build up little by little

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