to show excessive admiration or devotion to; flatter or admire servilely.
- ad·u·la·tion, noun
- ad·u·la·tor, noun
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How to use adulate in a sentence
He lied, like the brazen, self-seeking adulator that he was, and for which he should have been soundly whipped.The Shame of Motley | Raphael Sabatini
The duke was his generous patron, and Dr. Preston his most servile adulator.Curiosities of Literature, Vol. II (of 3) | Isaac Disraeli
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.
Meade, I love you, he is represented as saying to his fascinating adulator, and I will tell you a secret to make your fortune.The Funny Side of Physic | A. D. Crabtre
British Dictionary definitions for adulate
(tr) to flatter or praise obsequiously
- adulator, noun
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