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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The point of the monologue was to show hypocrisy in Trump's accusation, given that the president has expressed admiration for Russian president Vladimir Putin before. Katie Kilkenny, The Hollywood Reporter, "Late-Night Hosts Take Shots at Trump's NATO Summit Performance," 11 July 2018 This isn’t the first time Paisley has expressed his admiration for first responders. Fox News, "Brad Paisley invites singing police officers to concert gig after 'God Bless America' performance," 6 July 2018 Yet over the course of a presidential run in which Mr Trump expressed bizarre, fawning admiration for the Russian strongman, Republican opinion flipped. The Economist, "The Trump-Putin summit in Helsinki," 5 July 2018 In the same interview, Grenell also expressed admiration for Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, who won last year's election with a hard line on immigration and has formed a coalition with the far right Freedom Party. NBC News, "Ambassador to Germany tells Breitbart: I want to empower Europe's conservatives," 4 June 2018 Getting a Consumer Reports recommendation is likely a high priority for Tesla, and Musk has repeatedly expressed admiration for the organization even in the midst of broader criticisms of the media. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Tesla Starts Delivering Update to Improve Model 3 Braking Performance," 27 May 2018 From the gates of Windsor to some of the most far-flung spots on the planet, well-wishers have written to congratulate newlyweds Prince Harry and Meghan, with many expressing their admiration for a diverse and inclusive ceremony like no other. Kara Fox, CNN, "'Breathtaken' and 'blessed': the world reacts to the royal wedding," 19 May 2018 Those who believe the U.S. should enact similar laws would be wise to consider their potential applications, particularly with a president who expresses admiration for the world's most notorious authoritarians. Mari Uyehara, GQ, "How Free Speech Warriors Mainstreamed White Supremacists," 8 May 2018 The long-time janitor was touched by the event, and expressed admiration for the place he's called home for 34 years. Alec Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Lake Country School janitor named finalist for Janitor of the Year," 19 Mar. 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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ad·mi·ra·tion | \ ˌad-mə-ˈrā-shən \

Kids Definition of admiration

: a feeling of great respect and approval

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