- to show excessive admiration or devotion to; flatter or admire servilely.
Origin of adulate
First recorded in 1770–80; back formation from adulation
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Examples from the Web for adulate
It is true, people are permitted to adulate slavery—so they are allowed to adulate kings, where kings reign.
She whom such songs were meant to adulate or win, frequently was the wife of the Troubadours lord.The Mediaeval Mind (Volume I of II)
Henry Osborn Taylor
- (tr) to flatter or praise obsequiously
C17: back formation from C15 adulation, from Latin adūlāri to flatter
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Word Origin and History for adulate
1777, back-formation from adulation.
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