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

adulatory (ˌædjʊˈleɪtərɪ, ˈædjʊˌleɪtərɪ)
expressing praise, esp obsequiously; flattering

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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
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.
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