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[ad-uh-rey-shuh n] /ˌæd əˈreɪ ʃən/
the act of paying honor, as to a divine being; worship.
reverent homage.
fervent and devoted love.
Origin of adoration
1535-45; < Latin adōrātiōn- (stem of adōrātiō) worship. See adore, -ation Unabridged
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  • And Jerry, looking into her dark eyes, read plainly the yearning and adoration in their depths.

  • The adoration of her, and the insane desire of her, can be seen in every play he wrote from 1597 to 1608.

    The Man Shakespeare Frank Harris
  • Kissing hands, customary among the ancients as an act of adoration, ii.

  • She was bending forward, smiling, flattering her escort with the adoration of her eyes.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • She referred to him as His Majesty, brought him gifts, surrounded him with adoration and incense.

    Cinderella Jane Marjorie Benton Cooke
British Dictionary definitions for adoration


deep love or esteem
the act of worshipping
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for adoration

1540s, from Middle French adoration, from Latin adorationem (nominative adoratio) "worship, adoration," noun of action from past participle stem of adorare; see adore, the original sense of which is preserved in this word.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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