admiration [ad-m uh- rey-sh uhn] Synonyms Word Origin 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
-ation Related forms ad·mi·ra·tive , [ad- mahy-r uh-tiv, ad-m uh- rey-] /ædˈmaɪ rə tɪv, ˌæd məˈreɪ-/ adjective ad·mi·ra·tive·ly, adverb self-ad·mi·ra·tion, noun su·per·ad·mi·ra·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for admirative 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 admirative 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 admirative
see mutual admiration society.
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