ad·​o·​ra·​tion | \ ˌa-də-ˈrā-shən \

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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Within your birth chart, Venus governs courtship and adoration, as well as personal taste and aesthetics. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What the Position of Venus in Your Birth Chart Means for You," 31 July 2018 Another hundred VIPs await in the lounge with more adoration, passing phones around and asking others to snap photos of them with their arm around Meek. Ben Baskin,, "Philly Freedom: Behind the Scenes of Meek Mill’s Release," 25 Apr. 2018 The tweets range from messages of adoration, to others claiming it’s time for him to get booted off the show completely. Cierra Williams, Country Living, "'The Voice' Singer Tyke James Divides Voters After His Intense Playoffs Performance," 13 Nov. 2018 USA TODAY Sports Minnesota Vikings fans, in adoration of New Orleans punter Thomas Morstead's guts and sportsmanship in the Saints' heartbreaking playoff loss Sunday, have paid the kicker back in grand fashion. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "Saints' punter Thomas Morstead 'totally humbled' as Vikings' fans' donations surpass $175K," 18 Jan. 2018 There is a lot of unhinged commentary, particularly on television, on one hand, condemnation of him on CNN, MSNBC, and then adoration of him on Fox News. Jim Brunner, The Seattle Times, "Q&A with Bob Woodward: Trump’s gambling presidency is ‘a national emergency’," 27 Nov. 2018 The gown in question—that beautiful white silk halter neck—ended up gaining just as much adoration and attention as Meghan’s original Givenchy ceremony dress. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Stella McCartney Talks Meghan Markle's Wedding Dress and The Friendship They Built," 8 Aug. 2018 The adoration of the Harry Potter books, like the nearly scriptural status of the Star Wars movies, involves more than just fandom. Adam Kirsch, WSJ, "The Way We Read Now," 3 Aug. 2018 For most of that first day home, his cat sat in his lap, purring and looking up at him in total adoration. Lindsey Vehlewald, SELF, "We Never Got Flu Shots. Then the Flu Almost Killed My Husband," 9 Nov. 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


ad·​o·​ra·​tion | \ ˌa-də-ˈrā-shən \

Kids Definition of adoration

: deep love

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