admiration

[ ad-muh-rey-shuhn ]
/ ˌæd məˈreɪ ʃən /

noun

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

1400–50; late Middle English admiracion < Latin admīrātiōn (stem of admīrātiō). See admire, -ation
Related formsad·mi·ra·tive [ad-mahy-ruh-tiv, ad-muh-rey-] /ædˈmaɪ rə tɪv, ˌæd məˈreɪ-/, adjectivead·mi·ra·tive·ly, adverbself-ad·mi·ra·tion, nounsu·per·ad·mi·ra·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for admiration

admiration

/ (ˌædməˈreɪʃən) /

noun

pleasurable contemplation or surprise
a person or thing that is admiredshe was the admiration of the court
archaic wonder
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Word Origin and History for admiration

admiration


n.

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.

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Idioms and Phrases with admiration

admiration


see mutual admiration society.

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