ad·​mi·​ra·​tion | \ ˌad-mə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce admiration (audio) \

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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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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Recent Examples on the Web Zhang had previously worked at Microsoft’s offices in China in 2008 for six months, and maintained an admiration for the company. Washington Post, "TikTok’s fate was shaped by a ‘knockdown, drag-out’ Oval Office brawl," 8 Aug. 2020 There is also admiration for the efficiency with which the president has handled covid-19. The Economist, "Sri Lanka’s election The Rajapaksas secure a firm grip on Sri Lanka," 7 Aug. 2020 Acton initially received widespread admiration for providing easy-to-understand analysis and information about the virus in a calm, soothing voice, and passionately pleading with Ohioans to stay at home and take other precautions. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland, "Dr. Amy Acton leaving Ohio government for job with Columbus Foundation," 4 Aug. 2020 That admiration is crystal clear on this spirited rendition, and infectious. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "8 Milwaukee albums and songs you have to hear in August, from Melvv, Collections of Colonies of Bees and more," 31 July 2020 Quibi, the mobile phone-only platform that offers installments of movies and TV shows in 10 minutes or less, found itself long on Emmy admiration. Mark Kennedy, Star Tribune, "Nomination surprises: 'The Mandalorian,' Quibi get Emmy love," 28 July 2020 That was the type of admiration Hammon inspired among her peers. Mike Singer, The Denver Post, "Underestimated but undeterred: Colorado State legend Becky Hammon is on a path like no other," 7 June 2020 Trump has previously expressed admiration for Jackson, a slaveowner who has been the target of protesters in the past. Fox News, "Trump tweeting to identify Andrew Jackson statue vandals," 28 June 2020 Meanwhile, Bolsonaro's admiration for Trump remains undimmed. Mariana Simoes And Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY, "Brazil's Jair Bolsonaro followed Trump’s coronavirus blueprint. Now its cases are surging," 10 June 2020

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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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11 Aug 2020

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“Admiration.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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ad·​mi·​ra·​tion | \ ˌad-mə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce admiration (audio) \

Kids Definition of admiration

: a feeling of great respect and approval

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