adulation

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

excessive devotion to someone; servile flattery.

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 self-adulation

adulation

/ (ˌædjʊˈleɪʃən) /

noun

obsequious flattery or praise; extreme admiration
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Word Origin and History for self-adulation

adulation


n.

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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