adulation

noun ad·u·la·tion \ ˌa-jə-ˈlā-shən , -dyə , -də- \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of adulation

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

adulate

play \ˈa-jə-ˌlāt, -dyə-, -də-\ transitive verb

adulator

play \-ˌlā-tər\ noun

adulatory

play \-lə-ˌtȯr-ē\ adjective

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Examples of adulation in a Sentence

  1. The rugby player enjoyed the adulation of his fans.

  2. a writer who inspires adulation in her readers

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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 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."


ADULATION Defined for Kids

adulation

noun ad·u·la·tion \ ˌa-jə-ˈlā-shən \

Definition of adulation for Students

:very great admiration

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to praise usually to excess

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