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[ad-uh-rey-shuh n]
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  1. the act of paying honor, as to a divine being; worship.
  2. reverent homage.
  3. fervent and devoted love.
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Origin of adoration

1535–45; < Latin adōrātiōn- (stem of adōrātiō) worship. See adore, -ation
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  1. deep love or esteem
  2. the act of worshipping
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Word Origin and History for adoration


1540s, from Middle French adoration, from Latin adorationem (nominative adoratio) "worship, adoration," noun of action from past participle stem of adorare; see adore, the original sense of which is preserved in this word.

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