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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The wines from this 159-year-old family-run estate have become objects of cult adoration in Japan and the U.S., poured at restaurants like Blue Hill at Stone Barns and Del Posto. Christopher Ross, WSJ, "The Hidden Valley in the Italian Alps Where Winemakers Are Working Against Nature," 15 Feb. 2019 In anticipation of February 14, here’s a look back at some of the sweetest signs of adoration to ever come down the runway. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Ahead of Valentine’s Day, a Look Back at 15 Sweet Hearts on the Runway," 30 Jan. 2019 With such adoration, it could be assumed that bringing a Baldwin novel to life would be a challenge. Joelle Monique, Teen Vogue, ""If Beale Street Could Talk" Highlights the Power of Love in a World Designed for Black People to Fail," 9 Jan. 2019 All this devil adoration lends Sabrina nicely to some pretty harrowing imagery—from freaky demons to possessed faces—but that isn't the most unnerving part of the show. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Is Dark and Scary, But Not in the Way You Think," 26 Oct. 2018 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

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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


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Kids Definition of adoration

: deep love

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grandiloquent, ostentatious, or bombastic

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