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admiration

[ad-muh-rey-shuh n] /ˌæd məˈreɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
a feeling of wonder, pleasure, or approval.
2.
the act of looking on or contemplating with pleasure:
admiration of fine paintings.
3.
an object of wonder, pleasure, or approval:
The dancer was the admiration of everyone.
4.
Archaic. wonder; astonishment.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English admiracion < Latin admīrātiōn (stem of admīrātiō). See admire, -ation
Related forms
admirative
[ad-mahy-ruh-tiv, ad-muh-rey-] /ædˈmaɪ rə tɪv, ˌæd məˈreɪ-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
admiratively, adverb
self-admiration, noun
superadmiration, noun
Synonyms
1. approval; esteem, regard; affection.
Antonyms
1. condemnation.
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British Dictionary definitions for admirative

admiration

/ˌædməˈreɪʃən/
noun
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 and History for admirative
admiration
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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