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[uh-dawr, uh-dohr]
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verb (used with object), a·dored, a·dor·ing.
  1. to regard with the utmost esteem, love, and respect; honor.
  2. to pay divine honor to; worship: to adore God.
  3. to like or admire very much: I simply adore the way your hair is done!
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verb (used without object), a·dored, a·dor·ing.
  1. to worship.
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Origin of adore

1275–1325; < Latin adōrāre to speak to, pray, worship, equivalent to ad- ad- + ōrāre to speak, beg (see oral); replacing Middle English aour(i)e < Old French aourer < Latin
Related formsa·dor·er, nouna·dor·ing·ly, adverbun·a·dored, adjectiveun·a·dor·ing, adjectiveun·a·dor·ing·ly, adverb


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1. abhor.
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Historical Examples

  • Well, adorer and courtier of the Emperor Alexander, why don't you say anything?

    War and Peace

    Leo Tolstoy

  • She had found an adorer, and had apparently succumbed to his importunities.


    Frances Hodgson Burnett

  • If Glaucus could not be her slave, neither could he be the adorer of her rival.

    The Last Days of Pompeii

    Edward George Bulwer-Lytton

  • Fiesco is an adorer of the arts, and soon warmed by ennobling scenes.

  • Her champion seems evidently her admirer, and his father her adorer.


    Fanny Burney

British Dictionary definitions for adorer


  1. (tr) to love intensely or deeply
  2. to worship (a god) with religious rites
  3. (tr) informal to like very muchI adore chocolate
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Derived Formsadorer, nounadoring, adjectiveadoringly, adverb

Word Origin

C15: via French from Latin adōrāre, from ad- to + ōrāre to pray
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Word Origin and History for adorer



late 14c., aouren, "to worship, pay divine honors to, bow down before," from Old French aorer "to adore, worship, praise" (10c.), from Latin adorare "speak to formally, beseech, ask in prayer," in Late Latin "to worship," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + orare "speak formally, pray" (see orator). Meaning "to honor very highly" is attested from 1590s; weakened sense of "to be very fond of" emerged by 1880s. Related: Adored; adoring.

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