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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Oprah and other interview subjects can sound a little hyperbolic in their adoration at times. Alan Zilberman, Twin Cities, "Toni Morrison is a great storyteller, in her books and in this new documentary," 4 July 2019 There are many inventions in this modern era that deserve our respect, adoration, and credit card numbers, but none are as utterly silly and wonderful as the inflatable flamingo drink holder. Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, "Summer’s Hottest Accessory Is... an Inflatable Drink Holder?," 24 June 2019 Get him a pair of slides that will comfortably communicate his adoration for ale. Simona Matovic,, "Fun beer-inspired gifts for Father’s Day," 12 June 2019 There is no question then that dolphins are awesome and capable and that our adoration of these creatures is merited. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Our love of dolphins is not always good for them," 8 June 2019 During its 850 years, the cathedral was a target of adoration and revolt, damage and reconstruction, and yet the 12th-century foundation remained firmly planted on the island in the Seine. Kristin Romey, National Geographic, "Why history says Notre Dame will rise again," 16 Apr. 2019 But what was never in doubt was her adoration of her father. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, "Gudrun Burwitz, Ever-Loyal Daughter of Himmler, Is Dead at 88," 6 July 2018 The men, however, hoped that wife-adoration would help package them as sensitive feminists. Monica Hesse, Washington Post, "The ‘Wife Guys’ of the 2020 presidential race," 20 June 2019 One thing, however, has remained abundantly consistent: their adoration for each other. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "How Meghan Markle Is Making the Role of Duchess Her Own," 19 May 2019

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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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The first known use of adoration was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of adoration

: strong feelings of love or admiration


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

Kids Definition of adoration

: deep love

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