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 After a while, he was taken up by one of them and cast into an ecstasy of adoration. Lynn Freed, Harper's Magazine, "Carrying On," 27 Apr. 2020 In addition to sporting a sparkly bodysuit and a new take on traditional swimwear, the model has also shown an adoration for outfits made of one solid color. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Bella Hadid Wore Three Major Monochromatic Outfits," 15 Jan. 2020 Some churches around the country have adapted with drive-through adoration and confession, but the Milwaukee Archdiocese, however, spoke out against a drive-by confession, as well as a similar type of Holy Communion set up. Curt Hogg, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Four ways Milwaukee-area faith leaders are reaching out to their communities even though we can't gather in person," 9 Apr. 2020 His adoration of John Huston can be seen as both hero worship and misogyny. Janet Maslin, New York Times, "It’s ‘Chinatown,’ Jake. On Second Thought, Don’t Forget It.," 4 Feb. 2020 But no Mandalorian character — nay, no Star Wars character ever — has been met with as much immediate adoration as the tiny green gremlin fans have dubbed Baby Yoda. Devan Coggan,, "Baby Yoda is extremely cute in concept art form, too," 19 Nov. 2019 Not only is Kardashian a fan, but plenty of other celebrities—including Jessica Alba, Kylie Jenner, Busy Philipps, and Kelsea Ballerini—have all shared their adoration of Spanx on social media, according to Shape. Braelyn Wood,, "Kourtney Kardashian, Kylie Jenner, and More Celebs Love Spanx Activewear—and It’s Also My Current Favorite," 24 Oct. 2019 The actress, 62, spoke to PEOPLE Now while at the Farrah Fawcett Foundation’s Tex-Mex Fiesta in Beverly Hills on Friday night and didn’t shy away from expressing her adoration for Johnson, 29, and Martin, 42. Alexia Fernandez,, "Melanie Griffith Opens Up About Dakota Johnson's Boyfriend Chris Martin: 'They're an Awesome Couple'," 9 Sep. 2019 Chuck eventually becomes the show’s romantic lead, inciting countless YouTube videos highlighting his adoration of Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester), without ever being held accountable for his actions. Veronica Walsingham, Teen Vogue, "Brett Kavanaugh, Chuck Bass, and How "Gossip Girl" Portrayed Sexual Violence Within the World of Prep School Privilege," 5 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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The first known use of adoration was in the 15th century

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14 May 2020

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“Adoration.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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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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