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1 to feel passion, devotion, or tenderness for
  • an attentive, solicitous husband who clearly adores his wife

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2 to love or admire too much
  • adores her older sister so much that she cannot see her considerable faults

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3 to offer honor or respect to (someone) as a divine power
  • the Roman soldier was beheaded for adoring the Christian god

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How does the verb adore differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of adore are reverence, revere, venerate, and worship. While all these words mean "to honor and admire profoundly and respectfully," adore implies love and stresses the notion of an individual and personal attachment.

we adored our doctor

When could revere be used to replace adore?

The words revere and adore can be used in similar contexts, but revere stresses deference and tenderness of feeling.

a professor revered by her students

When can reverence be used instead of adore?

While in some cases nearly identical to adore, reverence presupposes an intrinsic merit and inviolability in the one honored and a similar depth of feeling in the one honoring.

reverenced the academy's code of honor

When would venerate be a good substitute for adore?

The meanings of venerate and adore largely overlap; however, venerate implies a holding as holy or sacrosanct because of character, association, or age.

heroes still venerated

When is worship a more appropriate choice than adore?

In some situations, the words worship and adore are roughly equivalent. However, worship implies homage usually expressed in words or ceremony.

worships their memory

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The first known use of adore was in the 14th century

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“Adore.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Oct. 2021.

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