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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

  • But their good sense would despise the adulator who should pretend that they always reason right about the means of promoting it.

    Democracy In America, Volume 1 (of 2)

    Alexis de Toqueville

  • I fear that Virgil was harmed by the Georgican success, and became more than ever an adulator of the ruling powers.

British Dictionary definitions for adulator


  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 adulator



1777, back-formation from adulation.

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