- a feeling of wonder, pleasure, or approval.
- the act of looking on or contemplating with pleasure: admiration of fine paintings.
- an object of wonder, pleasure, or approval: The dancer was the admiration of everyone.
- Archaic. wonder; astonishment.
Origin of admiration
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Examples from the Web for admiration
Others earn our admiration because they belong more to a particular moment.Renaissance Man Jared Leto Defies Categorization
The Daily Beast
December 8, 2014
The pride and admiration Vial has for the artists who put on Cirque du Soleil is evident.A Backstage Love Affair With Cirque du Soleil
December 1, 2014
In the ruling, she expressed her admiration for Ms. Fitzmaurice.U.K. Courts Grant Mother Right to End Her 12-Year-Old Disabled Daughter’s Life
November 4, 2014
To his close friends, Picasso did not hide his admiration for the Iberian sculptures.Did Picasso Try to Steal the Mona Lisa?
October 23, 2014
“I was shocked to hear words of admiration for ISIL,” wrote Özyurt, a senior editor for CNN Turk.Turkey’s Attitude Toward ISIS? Sympathy for the Devil
October 1, 2014
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
She had a fondness and admiration for this child and her audacity.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
He seemed to have no inordinate desire for admiration or even for approbation.Weighed and Wanting
- pleasurable contemplation or surprise
- a person or thing that is admiredshe was the admiration of the court
- archaic wonder
Word Origin and History for admiration
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.