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 The feeling of admiration was mutual, and Acronym co-founder Errolson Hugh didn’t hesitate. Jordan Oloman, Washington Post, 12 July 2021 In his autobiography, Benjamin Franklin wrote of his admiration of a young Presbyterian preacher much respected for his preaching, which was apparently delivered extemporaneously. New York Times, 6 July 2021 LeVan also has great admiration for former Waltham High athletic director Bill Foley, who was a UNH football teammate of current head coach Sean McDonnell., 8 July 2021 Smith-Harris, who is the founder of YELLE Skincare, expressed her admiration for the ladies of the Atlanta cast. Essence, 2 July 2021 In the book, Trejo emphasizes his admiration for Olmos and his advocacy for Chicanos in Hollywood. Los Angeles Times, 29 June 2021 In the video, posted last month by Clever News, Joshua talked about his admiration for Harry Styles. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, 24 June 2021 So in fact, democracy does still have a pull on people's hearts and their souls and their admiration. ABC News, 20 June 2021 Holland did not directly speak of her departure during her commencement speech, and instead noted her admiration of the senior class. Daniel I. Dorfman,, 15 June 2021

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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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31 Jul 2021

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“Admiration.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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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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