adulation

noun
ad·​u·​la·​tion | \ˌa-jə-ˈlā-shən, -dyə, -də-\

Definition of adulation 

: excessive or slavish admiration or flattery enjoys the adulation of his fans

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Other Words from adulation

adulate \ˈa-​jə-​ˌlāt, -​dyə-​, -​də-​ \ transitive verb
adulator \-​ˌlā-​tər \ noun
adulatory \-​lə-​ˌtȯr-​ē \ adjective
adulatory crowds

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If "adulation" makes you think of a dog panting after its master, you're on the right etymological track; the word ultimately derives from the Latin verb adulari, meaning "to fawn on" (a sense used specifically of the affectionate behavior of dogs) or "to flatter." "Adulation," which came to us from Latin by way of Old French, can be traced back as far as the 14th century in English. The verb "adulate," the noun "adulator," and the adjective "adulatory" later joined the language.

Examples of adulation in a Sentence

The rugby player enjoyed the adulation of his fans. a writer who inspires adulation in her readers

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The visibility and adulation for the founder-CEO can often allocate the resources of society towards that kind of entrepreneurship, rather than the more common kind, which is opening a nail salon or a law practice. Rebecca Jennings, Vox, "CEOs have never been more idolized. 5 experts explain why that’s a problem.," 29 Nov. 2018 Apparently public excoriation is just a few dollar signs away from public adulation and so Miller upped the ante. Charlotte Hilton Andersen, Redbook, "Young Girls in Burlesque Dance Number: Horrifying or Innocent Fun?," 8 Mar. 2012 Even Deng Xiaoping, for all his personal power, discouraged personal adulation as a dangerous remnant of Mao’s time. Chris Buckley, New York Times, "China’s New ‘Helmsman’ Offers a Strident Nationalist Message," 20 Mar. 2018 Much of this took place before dawn, hours before the Eagles rolled up Broad in a caravan of green buses, amid bursts of green and white confetti, and adulation from fans clogging the sidewalks four and five deep. Aubrey Whelan, Philly.com, "Eagles Super Bowl parade: A celebration for the ages," 8 Feb. 2018 Back then Sandoval was a two-time All-Star third baseman with a World Series MVP trophy on his resume and hubris built by constant adulation and repeated success. Jorge L. Ortiz, USA TODAY, "Prodigal Panda: Pablo Sandoval enjoying renaissance with Giants," 29 June 2018 Meanwhile, other users flooded the hashtag praising the president (#myleaderisSissiandproud) with flattery and adulation. Washington Post, "Popular hashtags take sides on Egypt president’s leadership," 23 June 2018 But his animated heroine is now suiting up in a world brimming with Wonder Woman adulation. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "At last! Elastigirl stretches to new heights as star superhero of 'Incredibles 2'," 13 June 2018 What occured next at the Claremont Club was pure adulation, with coach Harshul Patel leaping into the arms of senior Tommy Trinh, Pham's doubles partner, in celebration. Matt Szabo, latimes.com, "Fountain Valley boys’ tennis upsets top seed to earn first CIF title," 19 May 2018

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First Known Use of adulation

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for adulation

Middle English adulacioun "insincere praise, flattery," borrowed from Anglo-French, borrowed from Latin adūlātiōn-, adūlātiō, from adūlārī "to fawn upon (of dogs), praise insincerely" (of uncertain origin) + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of verbal action

Note: On the presumption that it is a denominal verb, Latin adūlārī has been compared with Sanskrit vāla-, vāra- "hair of a horse's tail, horsehair," Lithuanian valaĩ "horse's tail," though this is difficult both semantically and phonetically. More recently, the base of Latin avidus "greedy, eager" has been proposed as a source (see avid), via a prefixed *ad-awido-, syncopated to *ad-audo-, then with the second d dissimilated to l, yielding *adūlo-, "eagerly seeking something, flattering."

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adulation

noun
ad·​u·​la·​tion | \ˌa-jə-ˈlā-shən \

Kids Definition of adulation

: very great admiration

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