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[uh-dawr, uh-dohr] /əˈdɔr, əˈdoʊr/
verb (used with object), adored, adoring.
to regard with the utmost esteem, love, and respect; honor.
to pay divine honor to; worship:
to adore God.
to like or admire very much:
I simply adore the way your hair is done!
verb (used without object), adored, adoring.
to worship.
Origin of adore
1275-1325; < Latin adōrāre to speak to, pray, worship, equivalent to ad- ad- + ōrāre to speak, beg (see oral); replacing Middle English aour(i)e < Old French aourer < Latin
Related forms
adorer, noun
adoringly, adverb
unadored, adjective
unadoring, adjective
unadoringly, adverb
1. idolize; reverence, revere, venerate.
1. abhor. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for adorer
Historical Examples
  • Well, adorer and courtier of the Emperor Alexander, why don't you say anything?

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
  • She had found an adorer, and had apparently succumbed to his importunities.

    "Seth" Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • If Glaucus could not be her slave, neither could he be the adorer of her rival.

    The Last Days of Pompeii Edward George Bulwer-Lytton
  • Fiesco is an adorer of the arts, and soon warmed by ennobling scenes.

  • Her champion seems evidently her admirer, and his father her adorer.

    Camilla Fanny Burney
  • The third vase was that of the genius Trautmutf, "the adorer of his mother."

    Ten Thousand Wonderful Things Edmund Fillingham King
  • Veltro fits the indispensable turnkey, and for title—The adorer.

    Very Woman

    Remy de Gourmont
  • But Hamilton believed in monopolies no more than did Betty, and he became her adorer.

    Superwomen Albert Payson Terhune
  • It is very humiliating that no adorer has yet turned up for me.

    Letters of Two Brides Honore de Balzac
  • You know how Krishna broke his own vow to keep the vow of his adorer Bhishma.

    Chaitanya's Life And Teachings Krishna das Kaviraja
British Dictionary definitions for adorer


(transitive) to love intensely or deeply
to worship (a god) with religious rites
(transitive) (informal) to like very much: I adore chocolate
Derived Forms
adorer, noun
adoring, adjective
adoringly, adverb
Word Origin
C15: via French from Latin adōrāre, from ad- to + ōrāre to pray
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Word Origin and History for adorer



late 14c., aouren, "to worship, pay divine honors to, bow down before," from Old French aorer "to adore, worship, praise" (10c.), from Latin adorare "speak to formally, beseech, ask in prayer," in Late Latin "to worship," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + orare "speak formally, pray" (see orator). Meaning "to honor very highly" is attested from 1590s; weakened sense of "to be very fond of" emerged by 1880s. Related: Adored; adoring.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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