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.
Recent Examples on the Web The obsession was mutual — and highly profitable, for the targets of Trump’s ire and admiration alike. Jacob S. Hacker, Washington Post, 14 Sep. 2022 Today, some on the right have begun to profess a certain admiration of and attraction to Putin and his brand of Russian authoritarianism. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 14 Sep. 2022 But fan admiration for Fisher belies the fact the results haven’t been impressive. John Talty |, al, 11 Sep. 2022 In a country that is being riven by extreme partisan politics at the moment, as Britons face a post-Covid future and inflationary spirals, admiration for her was one of the few things that united both frontbenches in parliament. Andrew Roberts, WSJ, 9 Sep. 2022 The Republic of Ireland’s leadership expressed condolences and admiration for the queen. Andrew Meldrum, ajc, 9 Sep. 2022 The legendary singer sat front row Wednesday night at Christian Siriano, arriving to camera shutter clicks and hushed admiration from attendees. Anika Reed, USA TODAY, 8 Sep. 2022 An enduring admiration for Queen Elizabeth II united people across the Commonwealth. Emily Burack, Town & Country, 8 Sep. 2022 Even the Eternals have a deep admiration for the Avengers. Chris Smith, BGR, 24 Aug. 2022 See More

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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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17 Sep 2022

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“Admiration.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2022.

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: a feeling of great respect and approval

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