- excessive devotion to someone; servile flattery.
Origin of adulation
- to show excessive admiration or devotion to; flatter or admire servilely.
Origin of adulate
Examples from the Web for adulations
Afterwards the memory of these adulations was a great sadness.End of the Tether
The Phnicians who surrounded the king lavished upon him adulations borrowed from paganism.The Apostles
But we neither sought their friendship, nor coveted their adulations.
Is there no retributive justice dogging his heels, from which all the glories and adulations of earth cannot shield him?The Life of Thomas Wanless, Peasant
Alexander Johnstone Wilson
A few days before, the adulations and applauses of a nation were sounding in her ears, and now she was come to this!A Tramp Abroad, Complete
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
- (tr) to flatter or praise obsequiously
- obsequious flattery or praise; extreme admiration
Word Origin and History for adulations
1777, back-formation from 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).