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
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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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