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Examples of adulation in a Sentence
The rugby player enjoyed the adulation of his fans.
a writer who inspires adulation in her readers
Recent Examples of adulation from the Web
Alonso didn’t get to drink the milk, his competitive thirst instead having to be satisfied by the adulation of a standing ovation from more than 325,000 people.
The designer who revolutionized the fashion industry bid farewell at his Paris salon Monday, saying that all the fame and adulation had come at a steep price.
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Did You Know?
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.
Origin and Etymology of adulation
Middle English adulacion, from Old French, from Latin adulation-, adulatio, from adulari to fawn on (of dogs), flatter
First Known Use: 15th century
ADULATION Defined for Kids
Definition of adulation for Students
: very great admiration
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