- excessive devotion to someone; servile flattery.
Origin of adulation
Examples from the Web for self-adulation
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.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. I
Francis Augustus Cox
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
- obsequious flattery or praise; extreme admiration
Word Origin and History for self-adulation
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).