a feeling of wonder, pleasure, or approval.
the act of looking on or contemplating with pleasure: admiration of fine paintings.
an object of wonder, pleasure, or approval: The dancer was the admiration of everyone.
Archaic. wonder; astonishment.

1400–50; late Middle English admiracion < Latin admīrātiōn (stem of admīrātiō). See admire, -ation

admirative [ad-mahy-ruh-tiv, ad-muh-rey-] , adjective
admiratively, adverb
self-admiration, noun
superadmiration, noun

1. approval; esteem, regard; affection.

1. condemnation. Unabridged
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admiration (ˌædməˈreɪʃən)
1.  pleasurable contemplation or surprise
2.  a person or thing that is admired: she was the admiration of the court
3.  archaic wonder

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Word Origin & History

early 15c. (implied in admired), from L. admirationem (nom. admiratio) "a wondering at, admiration," from admiratus, pp. of admirari "admire," from ad- "at" + mirari "to wonder," from mirus "wonderful" (see miracle). The sense has weakened steadily since 16c.
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Idioms & Phrases


see mutual admiration society.

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Example sentences
Bill also had great respect and admiration for his predecessors and mentors.
And to earn it, you must slowly and painstakingly build a relationship based on
  mutual admiration and respect.
They do what they can to protect us, and they do not lie to us, and for that
  they have earned my respect and my admiration.
In doing so, he earned their and our respect and admiration.
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