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[ad-muh-rey-shuh n] /ˌæd məˈreɪ ʃən/
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
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English admiracion < Latin admīrātiōn (stem of admīrātiō). See admire, -ation
Related forms
[ad-mahy-ruh-tiv, ad-muh-rey-] /ædˈmaɪ rə tɪv, ˌæd məˈreɪ-/ (Show IPA),
admiratively, adverb
self-admiration, noun
superadmiration, noun
1. approval; esteem, regard; affection.
1. condemnation. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for self-admiration
Historical Examples
  • But there self-admiration ceased to be all-sufficient for her.

  • In giddiness of self-admiration, she felt everything to be possible.

    The Whirlpool George Gissing
  • 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.

  • His egoism likewise found a more perfect surfeit in his own self-admiration than in that of others.

    Gargoyles Ben Hecht
  • Surely, for this may well give way all our paltry self-consciousness, our self-admiration and self-worships!

    The Right Knock

    Helen Van-Anderson
  • His self-admiration makes him consider his adversaries, and even his rivals, as miscreants deserving of death.

  • An omnipotent legislator cannot depreciate himself; like a king he is condemned to self-admiration in his public capacity.

  • It is a kind of self-admiration society, which serves the mission of a lecture bureau.

    My Attainment of the Pole Frederick A. Cook
  • And with a complacent shrug of the shoulders, and a slight smile of self-admiration, Bruce leant back in his armchair.

    Julian Home Dean Frederic W. Farrar
British Dictionary definitions for self-admiration


pleasurable contemplation or surprise
a person or thing that is admired: she was the admiration of the court
(archaic) wonder
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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