[ 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.
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Origin of adulate
First recorded in 1770–80; back formation from adulation
OTHER WORDS FROM adulatead·u·la·tion, nounad·u·la·tor, noun
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Example sentences from the Web for adulate
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 adulate
/ (ˈædjʊˌleɪt) /
(tr) to flatter or praise obsequiously
Derived forms of adulateadulator, noun
Word Origin for adulate
C17: back formation from C15 adulation, from Latin adūlāri to flatter
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