quasi-admire

admire

[ad-mahyuhr]
verb (used with object), admired, admiring.
1.
to regard with wonder, pleasure, or approval.
2.
to regard with wonder or surprise (usually used ironically or sarcastically): I admire your audacity.
verb (used without object), admired, admiring.
3.
to feel or express admiration.
4.
Dialect. to take pleasure; like or desire: I would admire to go.
Idioms
5.
be admiring of, Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. to admire: He's admiring of his brother's farm.

Origin:
1580–90; < Latin admīrārī, equivalent to ad- ad- + mīrārī (in Medieval Latin mīrāre) to wonder at, admire

admirer, noun
preadmire, verb (used with object), preadmired, preadmiring.
preadmirer, noun
quasi-admire, verb, quasi-admired, quasi-admiring.
unadmired, adjective


1. esteem, revere, venerate.


1. despise.
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admire (ədˈmaɪə)
 
vb
1.  to regard with esteem, respect, approval, or pleased surprise
2.  archaic to wonder at
 
[C16: from Latin admīrāri to wonder at, from ad- to, at + mīrāri to wonder, from mīrus wonderful]
 
ad'mirer
 
n
 
ad'miring
 
adj
 
ad'miringly
 
adv

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admire
late 16c., from Fr. admirer (O.Fr. amirer, 14c.), from L. admirari (see admiration). Noun admirer is recorded from c.1600; "In common speech, a lover" [Johnson], a sense recorded from c.1705.
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