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[aj-uh-ley-shuh n] /ˌædʒ əˈleɪ ʃən/
excessive devotion to someone; servile flattery.
Origin of adulation
Middle English < Middle French < Latin adūlātiōn- (stem of adūlātiō) servile flattery, fawning, equivalent to adūlāt(us), past participle of adūlārī, -āre to fawn upon (of dogs), apparently a nominal derivative, with ad- ad-, of an otherwise unattested base + -iōn- -ion
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[aj-uh-luh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈædʒ ə ləˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
self-adulation, noun
self-adulatory, adjective
unadulating, adjective
unadulatory, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for adulation
  • Presley was once the object of such adulation that teen-age girls screamed and fainted at the sight of him.
  • On a wave of adulation he rode to the governor's mansion where he had lived years ago.
  • The kind of adulation and scrutiny he received made that conversation awkward for me.
  • His reward was the peacock feather and yellow jacket of a mandarin and, far more flattering, the adulation of his countrymen.
  • But here in America, great accomplishments and pop-culture adulation walk hand in hand.
  • It could get him the recognition and adulation he has sought all the years he's been toiling in bit parts.
  • They weren't comfortable with their adulation.
  • Although they are enjoying the adulation, they have not been spoiled by their success.
  • There are voters who no doubt resent the adulation being heaped on Vick and will refuse to vote for him.
  • We ate up the attention and adulation as any kid might.
British Dictionary definitions for adulation


obsequious flattery or praise; extreme admiration
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Word Origin and History for adulation

late 14c., "insincere praise," from Old French adulacion, from Latin adulationem (nominative adulatio) "a fawning; flattery, cringing courtesy," noun of action from past participle stem of aduliari "to flatter," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + ulos "tail," from PIE *ul- "the tail" (cf. Sanskrit valah "tail," Lithuanian valai "horsehair of the tail"). The original notion is "to wag the tail" like a fawning dog (cf. Greek sainein "to wag the tail," also "to flatter;" see also wheedle).

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