View synonyms for adulation


[ aj-uh-ley-shuhn ]


  1. excessive devotion to someone; servile flattery.


/ ˌædjʊˈleɪʃən /


  1. obsequious flattery or praise; extreme admiration

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Other Words From

  • ad·u·la·to·ry [aj, -, uh, -l, uh, -tawr-ee, -tohr-ee], adjective
  • self-adu·lation noun
  • self-adu·la·tory adjective
  • un·adu·lating adjective
  • un·adu·la·tory adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of adulation1

Middle English < Middle French < Latin adūlātiōn- (stem of adūlātiō ) servile flattery, fawning, equivalent to adūlāt ( us ), past participle of adūlārī, -āre to fawn upon (of dogs), apparently a nominal derivative, with ad- ad-, of an otherwise unattested base + -iōn- -ion
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Example Sentences

Temporarily abandoning the prospect of mass adulation and yacht-club wealth, the duo of Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington pursued intimate and personal solo endeavors.

Divorced from technology, the foragers may not be interested in watching the final product, but it’s likely they wouldn’t be phased by such adulation.

From Eater

There is an odd disconnect between his indifference and the adulation of her fans or the careful treatment she’s given by a family that’s painfully aware of her mental health.

From Time

The president has delighted in playing impresario to this drama, reveling in the adulation of the crowds.

The sport that brought him stardom and adulation, not to mention countless millions of dollars, was becoming secondary, almost a nuisance, interfering with a drug habit.

Before NYC Prep, reality TV stars were sources of entertainment, but never objects of envy or adulation.

Putin seeks similar adulation in Sochi and he must not receive it.

So here Obama is, craving security and adulation, but being denied both.

The audience was not yet done showering Simons with adulation.

Lafayette, more interested in his own nationwide tour of adulation, declined.

It is only the servile adulation of later writers that has pictured Bruce as animated by patriotism.

Lifted to the skies for an hour by popular adulation, he has been sunk into obscurity ever since by historic contempt.

He does not seem to have deserved much of the adulation bestowed upon him.

When she came to town for the season she scored a decided success, and all the leading Dailies joined in the chorus of adulation.

What you wanted was someone to satisfy all your vanities—your yearning for devotion, for adulation, for sense of power.


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