[ ad-muh-rey-shuhn ]
/ 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.
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Origin of admiration
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 admirative
/ (ˌædməˈreɪʃən) /
pleasurable contemplation or surprise
a person or thing that is admiredshe was the admiration of the court
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Idioms and Phrases with admirative
see mutual admiration society.
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