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


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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In one respect, Huntington has prevailed: The scholar’s admiration of the military has become ubiquitous, despite, or perhaps in part because of, the inconclusive slogs in Iraq and Afghanistan. Gary J. Bass, New York Times, "Should We Worry About Trump’s Fawning Admiration of the Military?," 29 June 2018 Fear and terror are one way to transmit messages of power; the inspiration of admiration and awe are another. Anne Applebaum, star-telegram, "A 'fantastic meeting' for Trump and Kim," 12 June 2018 Whether jesting or not, no U.S. president has been as free in his admiration of dictators and absolute power as the 45th, historians say. Philip Rucker, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump's praise of Kim Jong Un marks embrace of totalitarian leaders," 16 June 2018 As CEO George Malkemus III presided over the festivities and greeted guests, including Andreja Pejic and Nina Agdal, others gazed upon the various glittering heels on the walls with admiration. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Magical Manolo! Celebrating 10 Years of the Shoe Designer’s Iconic Hangisi Pump," 15 Nov. 2018 Rather than carry on the legacy of All Quiet on the Western Front, Wolfe frames his protagonists as archetypes of heroism and duty—often facetiously and flippantly, but with a genuine admiration for the warriors in the sky. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "You Should Read "The Right Stuff"," 15 May 2018 Davis, basking in adulation after the Pelicans’ four-game sweep of Portland, took the court in a fury, leaving the Oracle fans gasping in admiration. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, "As the stars come out, Kevin Durant shines brightest," 28 Apr. 2018 Teenage admiration is a different kind of affirmation for an adult male musician. Morgan Jerkins, Teen Vogue, "R. Kelly and Other Powerful Men Have Always Manipulated Their Teen Fans," 9 Jan. 2019 The admiration that Prince Andrew has for his mother is unmatched. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "​Body Language Experts Analyze Queen Elizabeth's Relationship With Her Children," 24 July 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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The first known use of admiration was in the 15th century

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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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