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 downside to that method is that stars can’t always be convinced to stay, even with offers of free meals for life or a country’s unconditional adoration and affection. Lila Maclellan, Quartz at Work, "The important management lesson behind Bianca Andreescu’s US Open victory," 9 Sep. 2019 The famous junk house became the focus of adoration and hatred from the surrounding community. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, "Crystal Cathedral, the original evangelical megachurch, has a conversion to Catholicism," 21 July 2019 What fascinated me was the phenomenon of cat-lovers being so eager to come together and share their adoration of cats. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Why the 2019 Cat Film Festival is not about funny cat videos," 7 Sep. 2019 The Santa Clarita Diet star shared her adoration of the superfood face oil in her final Instagram post for #BeautyJunkieWeek in July. Braelyn Wood,, "The Sunday Riley Juno Oil Drew Barrymore Swears By Is On Sale at Dermstore Right Now," 20 Aug. 2019 Her retreat from the limelight as the Epstein case evolved in recent years is a far cry from the heights of public adoration among New York’s jet-setters. Fox News, "A look at Ghislaine Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein's alleged 'recruiter'," 13 Aug. 2019 For a moment, Mueller admitted he was stunned, moved by the adoration from the young fan. Julia Poe, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando City forward Chris Mueller invests in, embraces fan experience," 27 Aug. 2019 So, forget Meghan Markle guest-editing the British version of Vogue or other tabloid reports about her, Prince Harry, Prince William and Kate Middleton upsetting convention, not getting along or jockeying for power and public adoration. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, "Prince Charles knew Andrew’s friendship with Jeffrey Epstein was a ‘disaster waiting to happen’," 14 Aug. 2019 After all, Scott’s recent rose petal stunt testifies to the couple’s everlasting adoration for each other. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Wedding Rumors Fly After Kylie Jenner Is Photographed with This Dress," 7 Aug. 2019

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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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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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