[ aj-uh-ley-shuh n ]
/ ˌædʒ əˈleɪ ʃən /


excessive devotion to someone; servile flattery.

Origin of adulation

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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Definition for adulations (2 of 2)


[ aj-uh-leyt ]
/ ˈædʒ əˌleɪt /

verb (used with object), ad·u·lat·ed, ad·u·lat·ing.

to show excessive admiration or devotion to; flatter or admire servilely.

Origin of adulate

First recorded in 1770–80; back formation from adulation

Related forms

ad·u·la·tion, nounad·u·la·tor, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for adulations (1 of 2)


/ (ˈædjʊˌleɪt) /


(tr) to flatter or praise obsequiously

Derived Forms

adulator, noun

Word Origin for adulate

C17: back formation from C15 adulation, from Latin adūlāri to flatter

British Dictionary definitions for adulations (2 of 2)


/ (ˌædjʊˈleɪʃən) /


obsequious flattery or praise; extreme admiration
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