- excessive devotion to someone; servile flattery.
Origin of adulation
Examples from the Web for adulation
Before NYC Prep, reality TV stars were sources of entertainment, but never objects of envy or adulation.The Surreal Genius of Bravo’s Rich Kids Docudrama ‘NYC Prep’
April 23, 2014
So here Obama is, craving security and adulation, but being denied both.The Sprawling, Dimming Age of Obama
June 30, 2013
The audience was not yet done showering Simons with adulation.Milan Fall Fashion Week 2012: Raf Simons’s Last Collection at Jil Sander
February 25, 2012
Lafayette, more interested in his own nationwide tour of adulation, declined.Washington Was Broke? Why Founding Fathers Were Strapped for Cash
Willard Sterne Randall
February 20, 2012
Apollo misses the adulation of believers, and wants to fill a new planet with humans who will worship him.Stalking the Literary Lion
March 20, 2011
But adulation, flunkeyism, concert, covered the spark with dirt and mud.Diary from November 12, 1862, to October 18, 1863
Through all this adulation Franklin passed serenely, if not unconsciously.The Age of Invention
Never was a poor fellow in this world less suited to adulation of this sort.Barrington
Charles James Lever
If you people will think back you'll realize you've all been raised on adulation of Germany.The Forbidden Trail
He had simply laughed off their adulation; but he was not laughing now.Marion's Faith.
- obsequious flattery or praise; extreme admiration
Word Origin and History for adulation
late 14c., "insincere praise," from Old French adulacion, from Latin adulationem (nominative adulatio) "a fawning; flattery, cringing courtesy," noun of action from past participle stem of aduliari "to flatter," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + ulos "tail," from PIE *ul- "the tail" (cf. Sanskrit valah "tail," Lithuanian valai "horsehair of the tail"). The original notion is "to wag the tail" like a fawning dog (cf. Greek sainein "to wag the tail," also "to flatter;" see also wheedle).