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 first performance was greeted with boos and hisses, but his admiration for the composer did not diminish. Ruth Franklin, Harper's magazine, "Salka the Salonnière," 6 Jan. 2020 Sweed grew up in Cleveland, and would parlay his admiration for Ghoulardi, a popular Cleveland television personality, into a lifetime career. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "In memoriam: A look back at who Michigan lost in 2019," 26 Dec. 2019 William had previously proclaimed his admiration for Alice. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "How Princess Alice of Battenberg, Prince Philip's Mother, Became the Royal Family's Black Sheep," 18 Nov. 2019 The England captain has already spoken out about his admiration for the NFL, and was even pictured at Super Bowl LIII., "8 Players Who Would Make Great NFL Kickers at the End of Their Careers," 18 Oct. 2019 While visiting the Islamabad Model College for Girls on day two of the visit, a few teenagers told the Duke of Cambridge about their admiration for his late mother, according to People. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince William Tells Kids He Was a "Big Fan" of Princess Diana Too," 15 Oct. 2019 Murphy is all about the comfort, talking about his deep admiration for the period clothes, but dislike of wearing the dreaded platforms. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "Eddie Murphy says 'Dolemite Is My Name' (and Obama's urging) spurred his return to stand-up," 3 Oct. 2019 Still, Bell understood that her husband, who has been open about his admiration for Jay-Z, had to give it his best shot. Lisa Respers France, CNN, "How Dax Shepard embarrassed Kristen Bell in front of Jay-Z and Beyoncé," 9 Aug. 2019 The young star has spoken openly about his admiration for Virgil Abloh and has supported him in both his roles as creative head for Louis Vuitton menswear and his own label Off-White. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Timothée Chalamet Took His Mom to the Golden Globes—and She Wore Fashion’s Buzziest Label," 7 Jan. 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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20 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Admiration.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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Kids Definition of admiration

: a feeling of great respect and approval

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