Definition of adulation in English:


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  • Obsequious flattery; excessive admiration or praise.

    ‘he found it difficult to cope with the adulation of the fans’
    • ‘I get a lot of appreciation and adulation for the kind of music I create.’
    • ‘Years of unimaginable success, glory and adulation were to follow.’
    • ‘There will be no trophy or congratulation, no hyperventilation or applause or adulation.’
    • ‘Though she was happy with the love and adulation that came with fame, she hated waking up early in the morning.’
    • ‘Just which job is it that pays a fortune and showers its practitioners with honours and adulation to a great age?’
    • ‘Collins took off on his lap of honour, deserving adulation for his run of 9.98 secs.’
    • ‘I have seen her tame a noisy rock audience into a state of appreciative adulation.’
    • ‘Musically this piece exists to excite gasps of admiration, if not downright adulation from the audience.’
    • ‘From being unsure about himself to coping with adulation, Sproule has raced forward in these last few weeks.’
    • ‘That is the only small price he has to pay for his unmatched adulation and unparalleled adoration from his countryman.’
    • ‘He was not the sort of prince who adored flattery and adulation, public appearances and such.’
    • ‘Yet if the Welsh recover from their shaky start, it will be another manager who will be receiving the glory and adulation of a nation.’
    • ‘Endless tributes, adulation and back rubs from his closest allies tend to obscure the truth.’
    • ‘The adulation nonetheless continued as the election drew closer.’
    • ‘I mean on the one hand I'm sure he loves the glory, and he has to have this public adulation.’
    • ‘In a fit of adulation I tell Sir John how much I enjoyed his work.’
    • ‘Is it just me or does anyone else find the spontaneous adulation and standing ovation before he's begun slightly embarrassing?’
    • ‘Neither, although his comics have brought him a certain degree of wide-eyed adulation, is he any kind of superhero.’
    • ‘The complaint is against his ideology - a concern that last week's adulation and denigration chose to ignore.’
    • ‘His skills have brought him adulation and riches beyond belief.’
    hero-worship, worship, admiration, admiring, high regard, respect, lionization, lionizing, idolization, idolizing, veneration, awe, devotion, adoration, exaltation, honour, homage, glorification, glory, praise, praising, commendation, flattery, applause
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/ˌajəˈlāSH(ə)n/ /ˌædʒəˈleɪʃ(ə)n/


Late Middle English from Latin adulatio(n)-, from adulari ‘fawn on’.