excessive devotion to someone; servile flattery.

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

adulatory [aj-uh-luh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] , adjective
self-adulation, noun
self-adulatory, adjective
unadulating, adjective
unadulatory, adjective Unabridged
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adulation (ˌædjʊˈleɪʃən)
obsequious flattery or praise; extreme admiration

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., from O.Fr. adulacion, from L. adulationem (nom. adulatio), from adulatus, pp. of aduliari "to flatter," from ad- "to" + ulos "tail," from PIE *ul- "the tail" (cf. Skt. valah "tail," Lith. valai "horsehair of the tail"). The original notion is "to wag the tail" like a fawning dog (cf. Gk.
sainein "to wag the tail," also "to flatter;" see also wheedle).
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Example sentences
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.
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