A relationship in which two people have strong feelings of esteem for each other and often exchange lavish compliments. The term may signify either genuine or pretended admiration, as in Each of them praised the other's book—it was a real mutual admiration society. The expression was invented by Henry David Thoreau in his journal (1851) and repeated by Oliver Wendell Holmes and others.
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How to use mutual admiration society in a sentence
The mutual admiration society forms the sunshine in which souls grow—great men come in groups.Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great - Volume 12 | Elbert Hubbard
The circle to which he belonged was a mutual admiration society.The Life & Letters of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky | Modeste Tchaikovsky
They seem to form a mutual admiration society, and live to gain the praise of each other.A California Girl | Edward Eldridge
The mutual admiration society is largely given up to criticism.Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Vol. 13 | Elbert Hubbard
Each one of them takes credit for the victory, and the community of Sandgate becomes a large mutual admiration society.The Romance of the Coast | James Runciman