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[ad-muh-rey-shuh n] /ˌæd məˈreɪ ʃən/
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.
Origin of admiration
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English admiracion < Latin admīrātiōn (stem of admīrātiō). See admire, -ation
Related forms
[ad-mahy-ruh-tiv, ad-muh-rey-] /ædˈmaɪ rə tɪv, ˌæd məˈreɪ-/ (Show IPA),
admiratively, adverb
self-admiration, noun
superadmiration, noun
1. approval; esteem, regard; affection.
1. condemnation. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for admiration
  • 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.
  • He will be remembered with admiration and respect by his patients, colleagues and by the many residents he mentored.
  • Multiple new editions all treat it with respect and admiration.
  • People deserve respect and admiration because they are rich.
  • But the pianists share musical sensibilities, some personal history and an admiration for each other's work.
  • admiration goes deeper than sun-kissed wing markings and a jazzy polka-dot torso.
  • Surely the reason is that the public had feelings for him beyond admiration.
British Dictionary definitions for admiration


pleasurable contemplation or surprise
a person or thing that is admired: she was the admiration of the court
(archaic) wonder
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Word Origin and History for admiration

early 15c., "wonder," from Middle French admiration (14c.) or directly from Latin admirationem (nominative admiratio) "a wondering at, admiration," noun of state from past participle stem of admirari "admire," from ad- "at" (see ad-) + mirari "to wonder," from mirus "wonderful" (see miracle). The sense has weakened steadily since 16c.

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