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verb (used with object), ad·mired, ad·mir·ing.
  1. to regard with wonder, pleasure, or approval.
  2. to regard with wonder or surprise (usually used ironically or sarcastically): I admire your audacity.
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verb (used without object), ad·mired, ad·mir·ing.
  1. to feel or express admiration.
  2. Dialect. to take pleasure; like or desire: I would admire to go.
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  1. be admiring of, Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. to admire: He's admiring of his brother's farm.
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Origin of admire

1580–90; < Latin admīrārī, equivalent to ad- ad- + mīrārī (in Medieval Latin mīrāre) to wonder at, admire
Related formsad·mir·er, nounpre·ad·mire, verb (used with object), pre·ad·mired, pre·ad·mir·ing.pre·ad·mir·er, nounqua·si-ad·mire, verb, qua·si-ad·mired, qua·si-ad·mir·ing.un·ad·mired, adjective



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Historical Examples

  • But this night the stars were left for a while unsignalled and unadmired.

    Memoirs of a Midget

    Walter de la Mare

  • His selection, in this instance, evinces that the Rose was neither an unknown nor an unadmired flower.

    Parsons on the Rose

    Samuel Browne Parsons

British Dictionary definitions for unadmired


verb (tr)
  1. to regard with esteem, respect, approval, or pleased surprise
  2. archaic to wonder at
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Derived Formsadmirer, nounadmiring, adjectiveadmiringly, adverb

Word Origin

C16: from Latin admīrāri to wonder at, from ad- to, at + mīrāri to wonder, from mīrus wonderful
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Word Origin and History for unadmired



early 15c. (implied in admired), from Middle French admirer (Old French amirer, 14c.), or directly from Latin admirari "to wonder at" (see admiration). Related: Admiring; admiringly.

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