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adulation

[aj-uh-ley-shuh n] /ˌædʒ əˈleɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
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
adulatory
[aj-uh-luh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈædʒ ə ləˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
adjective
self-adulation, noun
self-adulatory, adjective
unadulating, adjective
unadulatory, adjective

adulate

[aj-uh-leyt] /ˈædʒ əˌleɪt/
verb (used with object), adulated, adulating.
1.
to show excessive admiration or devotion to; flatter or admire servilely.
Origin
1770-80; back formation from adulation
Related forms
adulation, noun
adulator, noun
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adulate

/ˈædjʊˌleɪt/
verb
1.
(transitive) to flatter or praise obsequiously
Derived Forms
adulator, noun
Word Origin
C17: back formation from C15 adulation, from Latin adūlāri to flatter

adulation

/ˌædjʊˈleɪʃən/
noun
1.
obsequious flattery or praise; extreme admiration
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Word Origin and History for adulations

adulate

v.

1777, back-formation from adulation.

adulation

n.

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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