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.
Recent Examples on the Web Maybe near-universal adoration these days is too comfortable for Charles Barkley, whose defiance of expectations and distaste of decorum have been central to his entire existence. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, 22 July 2022 Perhaps, in hindsight, the instant adoration was predictable: The character had one of the most dynamic introductions of the entire cast. Lauren Puckett-pope, ELLE, 15 June 2022 Anthony’s adoration of spiky-heeled Hollywood blonds was a consistent through line in his public and private life. Los Angeles Times, 25 Jan. 2022 After guests of the day expressed their adoration for the collection, a gorgeous lunch awaited. Michael Philouze, Vogue, 7 July 2022 As Harlow made his way down the red carpet, a camera crew filmed fans screaming their adoration for the chart-topping 26-year-old rapper. Mandy Mclaren, The Courier-Journal, 7 May 2022 Tory, in her blind adoration for Jake, gifts him with his first horse and a training facility in which to realize his potential as an international show-jumping sensation. Courtney Maum, WSJ, 29 Apr. 2022 Fun fact: Betty Ford was the only first lady to ever work in the fashion industry, perhaps explaining her adoration for good style. Sophie Dweck, Town & Country, 17 Apr. 2022 Poor little Ryan basks in the adoration of the Homelander fanatics, succumbing to his father's indoctrination and shattering my heart into a million pieces. Alex Raiman,, 8 July 2022 See More

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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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“Adoration.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of adoration

: deep love


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