- excessive devotion to someone; servile flattery.
Origin of adulation
Examples from the Web for adulatory
These verses have been disparaged as too adulatory in their tone.The Oxford Reformers
A murmur of adulatory incredulity arose from the group of courtiers.The Vicomte de Bragelonne
The adulatory phrases used as mere conventionalities seemed to have actually turned his head.Charles the Bold
Although not handsome, his face called for an adulatory responsiveness on the part of those who came in contact with him.Edith and John
Franklin S. Farquhar
Demochares, then, has said all this about the adulatory spirit and conduct of the Athenians.
- expressing praise, esp obsequiously; flattering
- obsequious flattery or praise; extreme admiration
Word Origin and History for adulatory
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).