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 most recent grand gesture of admiration caused Trebek to choke up while hosting an episode of the game show. Rasha Ali, USA TODAY, "Alex Trebek's wife reveals toughest part of husband's cancer diagnosis," 31 Dec. 2019 Berteau thanked people for an outpouring of love and admiration for Aschoff’s life, as well as for their prayers and condolences. NBC News, "ESPN's Ed Aschoff dead at 34 after battling pneumonia," 25 Dec. 2019 When word spread, and the glow of admiration came from friends and others, his guilt subsided. Paulina Villegas, New York Times, "He Was One of Mexico’s Deadliest Assassins. Then He Turned on His Cartel.," 14 Dec. 2019 But Brosnahan and Delevingne’s comments were only the beginning to a deluge of admiration expressed in the comments section of Benson’s sultry post. Ashley Boucher,, "Ashley Benson Poses Nude on Instagram and Cara Delevingne Is One Very Proud Girlfriend," 5 Dec. 2019 And Oulton’s gratitude extends beyond his customer base—there’s a sense of admiration for his workers, especially those in Gaoming, who have mastered age-old design techniques. Monique Valeris, ELLE Decor, "The Art of "Humble Luxury" is the Key to Timothy Oulton's Business," 11 Nov. 2019 The council members, however, expressed plenty of admiration for the residents’ passions that led to a verbal agreement struck between the Government Street Collaborative – a neighborhood group – and Mayor Sandy Stimpson’s administration. al, "At long last, Mobile’s ‘transformative’ Broad Street project to start," 16 Sep. 2019 Between shots, Chaplin spoke of his admiration for his surroundings. Katherine Yamada, Glendale News-Press, "Verdugo Views: Charlie Chaplin’s time filming ‘The Circus’ had comedic moments of its own," 5 Sep. 2019 Deputy Premier Matteo Salvini, who has made no secret of his admiration for Putin, will attend a dinner with Putin at Villa Madama. Elizabeth Llorente, Fox News, "Pope Francis and Putin meet at Vatican, discuss Syria, Ukraine," 5 July 2019

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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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6 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Admiration.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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Kids Definition of admiration

: a feeling of great respect and approval

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