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verb (used with object), ad·u·lat·ed, ad·u·lat·ing.
  1. to show excessive admiration or devotion to; flatter or admire servilely.
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Origin of adulate

First recorded in 1770–80; back formation from adulation
Related formsad·u·la·tion, nounad·u·la·tor, noun
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Historical Examples

  • It is true, people are permitted to adulate slavery—so they are allowed to adulate kings, where kings reign.

    Continental Monthly, Vol. II. July, 1862. No. 1.


  • She whom such songs were meant to adulate or win, frequently was the wife of the Troubadours lord.

British Dictionary definitions for adulate


  1. (tr) to flatter or praise obsequiously
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Derived Formsadulator, noun

Word Origin

C17: back formation from C15 adulation, from Latin adūlāri to flatter
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Word Origin and History for adulate


1777, back-formation from adulation.

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