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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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 The team also earned — once again — adoration from U.S. sports fans and a new tool in their battle to highlight gender pay gaps in their sport and in the greater workplace. Colin Campbell,, "Fans in Baltimore, around the world cheer on 'amazingly talented' U.S. Women's team to fourth World Cup victory," 7 July 2019 Influence is more important than money, status, authority, or adoration. Steve Smith,, "Ellington Grads Urged To Enjoy Life," 20 June 2019 People took to Twitter to express their excitement, disbelief, and adoration for their paychecks that don't stand a chance. Tainaya Nash, House Beautiful, "This Home Store Is Already Stocked with Halloween Decor," 18 June 2019 But Obama wants his temple of love, fealty and adoration. John Kass,, "With judge's ruling, Obama gets his lakefront Temple of Love," 12 June 2019 What’s more difficult is to indict fandom or adoration. David Obuchowski, Longreads, "Searching for The Sundays," 30 July 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


ad·​o·​ra·​tion | \ ˌa-də-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce adoration (audio) \

Kids Definition of adoration

: deep love

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