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[aj-uh-ley-shuh n] /ˌædʒ əˈleɪ ʃən/
excessive devotion to someone; servile flattery.
Origin of adulation
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
Related forms
[aj-uh-luh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈædʒ ə ləˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
self-adulation, noun
self-adulatory, adjective
unadulating, adjective
unadulatory, adjective Unabridged
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  • But adulation, flunkeyism, concert, covered the spark with dirt and mud.

  • Through all this adulation Franklin passed serenely, if not unconsciously.

    The Age of Invention Holland Thompson
  • Never was a poor fellow in this world less suited to adulation of this sort.

    Barrington Charles James Lever
  • If you people will think back you'll realize you've all been raised on adulation of Germany.

    The Forbidden Trail Honor Willsie
  • He had simply laughed off their adulation; but he was not laughing now.

    Marion's Faith. Charles King
British Dictionary definitions for adulation


obsequious flattery or praise; extreme admiration
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for adulation

late 14c., "insincere praise," from Old French adulacion, from Latin adulationem (nominative adulatio) "a fawning; flattery, cringing courtesy," noun of action from past participle stem of aduliari "to flatter," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + ulos "tail," from PIE *ul- "the tail" (cf. Sanskrit valah "tail," Lithuanian valai "horsehair of the tail"). The original notion is "to wag the tail" like a fawning dog (cf. Greek sainein "to wag the tail," also "to flatter;" see also wheedle).

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