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  1. a feeling of wonder, pleasure, or approval.
  2. the act of looking on or contemplating with pleasure: admiration of fine paintings.
  3. an object of wonder, pleasure, or approval: The dancer was the admiration of everyone.
  4. Archaic. wonder; astonishment.
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Origin of admiration

1400–50; late Middle English admiracion < Latin admīrātiōn (stem of admīrātiō). See admire, -ation
Related formsad·mi·ra·tive [ad-mahy-ruh-tiv, ad-muh-rey-] /ædˈmaɪ rə tɪv, ˌæd məˈreɪ-/, adjectivead·mi·ra·tive·ly, adverbself-ad·mi·ra·tion, nounsu·per·ad·mi·ra·tion, noun


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Historical Examples

  • But there self-admiration ceased to be all-sufficient for her.

    The History of Sir Richard Calmady

    Lucas Malet

  • In giddiness of self-admiration, she felt everything to be possible.

    The Whirlpool

    George Gissing

  • Mrs. Chapman waited with an air of self-admiration for a reply.

    The Von Toodleburgs

    F. Colburn Adams

  • Steve looked as proud as any peacock that strutted along a wall in self-admiration.

  • His egoism likewise found a more perfect surfeit in his own self-admiration than in that of others.


    Ben Hecht

British Dictionary definitions for self-admiration


  1. pleasurable contemplation or surprise
  2. a person or thing that is admiredshe was the admiration of the court
  3. archaic wonder
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Word Origin and History for self-admiration



early 15c., "wonder," from Middle French admiration (14c.) or directly from Latin admirationem (nominative admiratio) "a wondering at, admiration," noun of state from past participle stem of admirari "admire," from ad- "at" (see ad-) + mirari "to wonder," from mirus "wonderful" (see miracle). The sense has weakened steadily since 16c.

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Idioms and Phrases with self-admiration


see mutual admiration society.

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