admiration

noun
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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Synonyms & Antonyms for admiration

Synonyms

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

Antonyms

disfavor

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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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Many people like working for bosses who court the respect and admiration of their teams. Heidi Mitchell, WSJ, "The Dangers of Wanting to Be a Popular Boss," 9 May 2019 The Duke and Duchess of Sussex got engaged while making a roast chicken, and Meghan has expressed admiration for Garten's recipe in the past. Temi Adebowale, Town & Country, "Ina Garten Jokes She's Responsible for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Getting Engaged," 26 Oct. 2018 Leicester City winger Marc Albrighton has openly conceded defeat in his dream to play for his country, despite admitting that England boss Gareth Southgate has previously expressed admiration for him as a player. SI.com, "Leicester City Star Marc Albrighton Offers Frank Assessment of Future England Chances," 24 Mar. 2018 Anna Sorokin—better known as her alter ego, Anna Delvey—captured the internet's attention last year, encircling the faux heiress in a mix of fascination, hate, and begrudging admiration. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, ""Soho Grifter" Anna Sorokin Enlisted a Stylist for Her Courtroom Look," 28 Mar. 2019 In a lengthy phone interview, Iles explained that he was driven by an admiration for the profession of journalism and wanted to help develop a new business model to fund and support it. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Civil unrest: How a blockchain-based journalism startup bumbled its launch," 23 Dec. 2018 His affection and admiration for the contestants is clear. Angela Serratore, Curbed, "The pure joy of HGTV’s ‘My Lottery Dream Home’," 21 Sep. 2018 He was admired by many and had a special admiration for Father Thomas Campion and Coach Dee Rowe. courant.com, "Martin B. Courneen," 8 July 2018 Gotta get with my friends UK pop superstar Charli XCX has made no secret of her admiration for Chicago rapper CupcakKe. Efrain Dorado, RedEye Chicago, "Our 10 best moments from Lollapalooza 2017," 7 Aug. 2017

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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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admiration

noun
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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