[ aj-uh-ley-shuh n ]
/ ˌædʒ əˈleɪ ʃən /


excessive devotion to someone; servile flattery.

Nearby words

  1. adts,
  2. aduki,
  3. adularescent,
  4. adularia,
  5. adulate,
  6. adulatory,
  7. adullamite,
  8. adult,
  9. adult education,
  10. adult fanconi's syndrome

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

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British Dictionary definitions for adulatory


/ (ˌædjʊˈleɪtərɪ, ˈædjʊˌleɪtərɪ) /


expressing praise, esp obsequiously; flattering


/ (ˌædjʊˈleɪʃən) /


obsequious flattery or praise; extreme admiration
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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).

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