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.
Recent Examples on the Web Nearly every story about him — about his family, his vocations, his hobbies, his lifelong adoration of Southern Gospel music — intertwined with his faith. al, "Alabama church shares dead pastor’s last sermon: ‘Jesus first, others next, and yourself last’," 31 Dec. 2020 But there are also gazes of adoration, lullabies of exquisite tenderness. Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, "Most heavenly holiday music: Messiaen and Christmas in 20 virtuosic piano visions," 23 Dec. 2020 Benji’s chocolate-brown eyes gazed at all three of us with adoration. cleveland, "Welcoming Benji, a special puppy with the heart of an angel: Send us your pet rescue stories," 12 Nov. 2020 For questions, email SHRINE OF OUR LADY OF PROMPT SUCCOR: Eucharistic adoration will be from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 7 at the Shrine of Our Lady of Prompt Succor, 2701 State St., New Orleans. Staff Report,, "Hannukkah programming, and other faith news," 9 Dec. 2020 The latest example of that enduring adoration can be found in an upcoming beer from Dallas brewery Texas Ale Project. Kelly Dearmore, Dallas News, "Dallas brewery teams up with legendary metal band Pantera for a rocking new beer," 24 Nov. 2020 The flexible beat is consistent throughout, only falling into the background as Styles launches into falsetto chorus and proudly proclaims his adoration. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 100 Best Songs of 2020: Staff List," 8 Dec. 2020 But with success came intense pressure to translate that teen-girl adoration into a lucrative movie career. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "Melissa Joan Hart Could Have Been a Bigger Movie Star. She’s Fine With That," 7 Dec. 2020 Sure, their Instagram feed may be bursting with cute pictures of their pet, but a custom painting will let anyone on your list take their adoration to a new level. Kai Burkhardt, CNN Underscored, "23 unique gift ideas for that hard-to-shop-for person," 3 Dec. 2020

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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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15 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Adoration.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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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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