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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While this disruption of the status quo is worth immense admiration, the instantaneous meme-ifying of Okoumou’s iconic climb immediately rendered her superhuman in the public arena. Jenn M. Jackson, Teen Vogue, "Black Women Are Not Your Superheroes," 9 July 2018 The leading voice of this Eurasianist movement in Russia today is the philosopher Aleksandr Dugin, who combines admiration for the Horde with close connections to the European and American alt-right and neo-fascist movements. Yaroslav Trofimov, WSJ, "Russia’s Turn to Its Asian Past," 6 July 2018 Nick’s new wife, Eden (Sydney Sweeney), treats Serena with the unending admiration, respect, worship, hand-holding, etc., "The Handmaid's Tale Season 2, Episode 5 Recap: Two Weddings & A Funeral," 16 May 2018 My job was to just be still, to look at him with admiration, to let relief wash over me — the relief of being met, finally, halfway. Meaghan O'connell, Longreads, "A Certain Kind of Mammal," 10 Apr. 2018 His doctors looked at him with admiration, as a veteran—a hero—who served his country and then went right back to work in his community. Leslie Barrie, Woman's Day, "My Veteran Husband Was Addicted to Painkillers and Heroin," 29 Sep. 2016 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

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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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