- 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 adulator
But their good sense would despise the adulator who should pretend that they always reason right about the means of promoting it.Democracy In America, Volume 1 (of 2)
Alexis de Toqueville
I fear that Virgil was harmed by the Georgican success, and became more than ever an adulator of the ruling powers.
- (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 adulator
1777, back-formation from adulation.
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