- a feeling of wonder, pleasure, or approval.
- the act of looking on or contemplating with pleasure: admiration of fine paintings.
- an object of wonder, pleasure, or approval: The dancer was the admiration of everyone.
- Archaic. wonder; astonishment.
Origin of admiration
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Examples from the Web for self-admiration
But there self-admiration ceased to be all-sufficient for her.The History of Sir Richard Calmady
In giddiness of self-admiration, she felt everything to be possible.The Whirlpool
Mrs. Chapman waited with an air of self-admiration for a reply.The Von Toodleburgs
F. Colburn Adams
Steve looked as proud as any peacock that strutted along a wall in self-admiration.Jack Winters' Campmates
His egoism likewise found a more perfect surfeit in his own self-admiration than in that of others.Gargoyles
- pleasurable contemplation or surprise
- a person or thing that is admiredshe was the admiration of the court
- archaic wonder
Word Origin and History for self-admiration
early 15c., "wonder," from Middle French admiration (14c.) or directly from Latin admirationem (nominative admiratio) "a wondering at, admiration," noun of state from past participle stem of admirari "admire," from ad- "at" (see ad-) + mirari "to wonder," from mirus "wonderful" (see miracle). The sense has weakened steadily since 16c.