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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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 Their public displays of adoration, domestic bliss, joking arguments, and obvious togetherness help to establish their presence as power couples for millions of people who follow them. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "Ariana Grande’s ‘thank u, next’ has come full circle as an extremely online event," 6 Nov. 2018 Becca Kufrin’s season of The Bachelorette was meant to be a no-drama, breezy adoration fest for a woman who really deserves it. Meagan Fredette,, "The Bachelor Women Are Having A Twitter Feud & Coltongate Is Real," 16 June 2018 Last week, Tesla CEO Elon Musk was bombarded with hundreds of questions from fans via Twitter — along with declarations of adoration and the occasional aspersions — ahead of the company’s annual shareholder meeting on June 5th. Kirsten Korosec, The Verge, "Tesla’s annual shareholder meeting will decide Elon Musk’s future," 5 June 2018 From tweets that pointed out Prince Harry's Royal Wedding beard to Internet adoration for Meghan's glow-up, there have been no shortage of memes worthy of the new The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Best Royal Wedding Memes," 20 May 2018 National adoration will be theirs, and the memories created will live in the memory of fans for life., "6 Legends Who Overcame the Odds to Prove Their Worth at the World Cup," 7 Mar. 2018 Wills knows how to look at a woman with adoration and awe better than anyone else trapped on an ABC vacation to the Bahamas., "Can We Start The Wills Reid For Bachelor Campaign Right Now?," 10 July 2018 After being driven out of her own city and spending months fleeing the Hungarian forces, the adoration of the people of Avignon must have been a balm for her soul. Anne Thériault, Longreads, "Queens of Infamy: Joanna of Naples," 3 July 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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