Definition of adulation
- enjoys the adulation of his fans
adulateplay \ˈa-jə-ˌlāt, -dyə-, -də-\ transitive verb
adulatorplay \-ˌlā-tər\ noun
adulatoryplay \-lə-ˌtȯr-ē\ adjective
- adulatory crowds
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The rugby player enjoyed the adulation of his fans.
a writer who inspires adulation in her readers
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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.
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
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