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adulation

[aj-uh-ley-shuh n]
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noun
  1. excessive devotion to someone; servile flattery.
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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 formsad·u·la·to·ry [aj-uh-luh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈædʒ ə ləˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjectiveself-ad·u·la·tion, nounself-ad·u·la·to·ry, adjectiveun·ad·u·lat·ing, adjectiveun·ad·u·la·to·ry, adjective
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Examples from the Web for self-adulation

Historical Examples

  • We could not tolerate this sort of self-adulation from our junior.

    Explorers of the Dawn

    Mazo de la Roche

  • She evinced no self-adulation, and no undue dependence upon human resources.

  • This is not simply a bit of self-adulation; it is distinctly the American tradition in the matter.

    The Armed Forces Officer

    U. S. Department of Defense


British Dictionary definitions for self-adulation

adulation

noun
  1. obsequious flattery or praise; extreme admiration
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Word Origin and History for self-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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