adulation

[aj-uh-ley-shuh n]

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
Related formsad·u·la·to·ry [aj-uh-luh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈædʒ ə ləˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjectiveself-ad·u·la·tion, nounself-ad·u·la·to·ry, adjectiveun·ad·u·lat·ing, adjectiveun·ad·u·la·to·ry, adjective

adulate

[aj-uh-leyt]
verb (used with object), ad·u·lat·ed, ad·u·lat·ing.
  1. to show excessive admiration or devotion to; flatter or admire servilely.

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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adulate

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

Word Origin for adulate

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

adulation

noun
  1. obsequious flattery or praise; extreme admiration
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Word Origin and History for adulations

adulate

v.

1777, back-formation from adulation.

adulation

n.

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).

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