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 Aside from their adoration for man’s best friend, Tam and Chung also share a love of coffee. Cristin Espinosa, Dallas News, "Frisco dog lovers’ coffee shop gives back to local animal shelters," 10 May 2021 Saint Phalle was too guarded—wound too tightly around herself—to vamp for adoration. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, "The Pioneering Feminism of Niki de Saint Phalle," 29 Mar. 2021 The second is a joyous celebration of personal liberation, creative success and public adoration. NBC News, "Oscar-winning directors of Tina Turner documentary on doing justice to her story," 20 Mar. 2021 When Kate quickly found public adoration as the Duchess of Cambridge, the palace would proudly tell members of the press that lessons from the past had been learned. Omid Scobie, Harper's BAZAAR, "Stifling, Toxic and Racist—Duchess Meghan Never Had a Chance at The Palace," 10 Mar. 2021 The visit confirmed his adoration for the animals that have always been by his side and his notion of safe haven. Carlos Aguilar, Los Angeles Times, "The magic of Chloé Zhao: How the Oscars favorite gets brilliant performances from non-actors," 24 Apr. 2021 Darius Garland dapped up Taurean Prince before skipping toward the visitor’s tunnel and pointing at one of the young Cleveland Cavaliers’ fans patiently waiting to shout his adoration. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Cleveland Cavaliers believe best basketball is coming in final month: ‘We’re just getting started’," 15 Apr. 2021 You can be truly radicalized in your adoration for the basic pleasures of life on Earth. Kaitlyn Tiffany, The Atlantic, "The Alt-Right Has Lost Control of Redpill," 13 Apr. 2021 Morgan teamed up with a diverse set of athletes who have found mainstream adoration for their winning performances across sports. New York Times, "Female Athletes Are Under Covered. These Olympians Want to Change That.," 2 Mar. 2021

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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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15 May 2021

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“Adoration.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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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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