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adulation

[aj-uh-ley-shuh n] /ˌædʒ əˈleɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
excessive devotion to someone; servile flattery.
Origin
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
Related forms
adulatory
[aj-uh-luh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈædʒ ə ləˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
adjective
self-adulation, noun
self-adulatory, adjective
unadulating, adjective
unadulatory, adjective
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Examples for adulatory
  • Among the adulatory profiles, however, he faces a tough question.
  • adulatory quotations by distinguished writers on her book's jacket attest to her formidable reputation.
  • The few times he took me to school with it, all the boys came out and surrounded the car in adulatory glee.
  • But his activities are given interminable, adulatory exposure.
  • His many admirers greet his books rhapsodically, and adulatory reviewers speak of his genius.
British Dictionary definitions for adulatory

adulatory

/ˌædjʊˈleɪtərɪ; ˈædjʊˌleɪtərɪ/
adjective
1.
expressing praise, esp obsequiously; flattering

adulation

/ˌædjʊˈleɪʃən/
noun
1.
obsequious flattery or praise; extreme admiration
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Word Origin and History for adulatory

adulation

n.

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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