ad·​o·​ra·​tion | \ ˌa-də-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce adoration (audio) \

Definition of adoration

: the act of adoring : the state of being adored

Examples of adoration in a Sentence

They looked at the baby in adoration. The doctor has earned the adoration of his patients.

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Lizzo resumed her fashionable adoration for neon, and arrived at the 2019 Met Gala with a major change in hair. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Lizzo Had Pink Hair for the Met Gala 2019," 7 May 2019 Pretty much every editor has sung its praises, and it's earned the adoration of too many celebrities to count (but to name just a few, both Khloé and Kim Kardashian are stans). Glamour, "This $24 BareMinerals Concealer Replaced My Favorite $70 One," 20 Mar. 2019 Celeb couples like Chip and Joanna Gaines to Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez aren’t shy about letting their adoration and admiration for each other be known. Grace Gavilanes,, "Chip Gaines Cheers On Wife Joanna Outside Today, Plus More Celeb Couples Who Are Superfans of Each Other," 25 Apr. 2018 The man who died in a fire with his 4-year-old son on Friday was an influential budget and policy staffer in Washington who had a deep adoration for his children, friends and former colleagues said. J.d. Capelouto And John Hilliard,, "Father died trying to save 4-year-old son from R.I. house fire, friend says," 29 Jan. 2018 The wines from this 159-year-old family-run estate have become objects of cult adoration in Japan and the U.S., poured at restaurants like Blue Hill at Stone Barns and Del Posto. Christopher Ross, WSJ, "The Hidden Valley in the Italian Alps Where Winemakers Are Working Against Nature," 15 Feb. 2019 In anticipation of February 14, here’s a look back at some of the sweetest signs of adoration to ever come down the runway. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Ahead of Valentine’s Day, a Look Back at 15 Sweet Hearts on the Runway," 30 Jan. 2019 With such adoration, it could be assumed that bringing a Baldwin novel to life would be a challenge. Joelle Monique, Teen Vogue, ""If Beale Street Could Talk" Highlights the Power of Love in a World Designed for Black People to Fail," 9 Jan. 2019 All this devil adoration lends Sabrina nicely to some pretty harrowing imagery—from freaky demons to possessed faces—but that isn't the most unnerving part of the show. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Is Dark and Scary, But Not in the Way You Think," 26 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of adoration

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for adoration

borrowed from Middle French & Latin; Middle French, borrowed from Latin adōrātiōn-, adōrātiō, from adōrāre "to venerate, adore" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of verbal action

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English Language Learners Definition of adoration

: strong feelings of love or admiration


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Kids Definition of adoration

: deep love

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