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admiration

[ad-muh-rey-shuh n] /ˌæd məˈreɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
a feeling of wonder, pleasure, or approval.
2.
the act of looking on or contemplating with pleasure:
admiration of fine paintings.
3.
an object of wonder, pleasure, or approval:
The dancer was the admiration of everyone.
4.
Archaic. wonder; astonishment.
Origin of admiration
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English admiracion < Latin admīrātiōn (stem of admīrātiō). See admire, -ation
Related forms
admirative
[ad-mahy-ruh-tiv, ad-muh-rey-] /ædˈmaɪ rə tɪv, ˌæd məˈreɪ-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
admiratively, adverb
self-admiration, noun
superadmiration, noun
Synonyms
1. approval; esteem, regard; affection.
Antonyms
1. condemnation.
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Examples from the Web for admiration
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  • This so excited the admiration of Speusippus, that a love of philosophy was kindled within him.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • This Niebuhr, who was a surveyor by profession, was a young man who deserves our admiration.

    Ancient Man Hendrik Willem van Loon
  • Then he licked his chops and looked in admiration on his worldly friend.

    A Night Out Edward Peple
  • She had a fondness and admiration for this child and her audacity.

  • He seemed to have no inordinate desire for admiration or even for approbation.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
British Dictionary definitions for admiration

admiration

/ˌædməˈreɪʃən/
noun
1.
pleasurable contemplation or surprise
2.
a person or thing that is admired: she was the admiration of the court
3.
(archaic) wonder
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Word Origin and History for admiration
n.

early 15c., "wonder," from Middle French admiration (14c.) or directly from Latin admirationem (nominative admiratio) "a wondering at, admiration," noun of state from past participle stem of admirari "admire," from ad- "at" (see ad-) + mirari "to wonder," from mirus "wonderful" (see miracle). The sense has weakened steadily since 16c.

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Idioms and Phrases with admiration

admiration

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