For all your dictionary needs!
Spelling. Are you looking for Admirations or admirative?
Header of admiration


The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun admiration:

Video footage: Closeup portrait of young handsome man face expressing astonishment and admiration in studio on white background
Play/pauseBuy footageFind more

Definition of the noun admiration

What does admiration mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: admirations

  1. a feeling of delighted approval and liking
    • lexical domain: Feelings - nouns denoting feelings and emotions
    • synonym of admiration: esteem
    • more generic word: liking = a feeling of pleasure and enjoyment
    • more specific terms:
  2. the feeling aroused by something strange and surprising
    • lexical domain: Feelings - nouns denoting feelings and emotions
    • synonyms of admiration: wonder / wonderment
    • more generic words: amazement / astonishment = the feeling that accompanies something extremely surprising
    • more specific word: awe = an overwhelming feeling of wonder or admiration
  3. a favorable judgment

Alternative definition of the noun admiration


  1. Wonder mingled with approbation or delight; an emotion excited by a person or thing possessed of wonderful or high excellence; as, admiration of a beautiful woman, of a landscape, of virtue.
  2. [obsolete] Wonder or questioning, without any particular positive or negative attitude to the subject.


Admiration is a social emotion elicited by people of competence, talent, or skill exceeding standards. Admiration facilitates social learning in groups and motivates self-improvement through learning from role-models.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Admiration

Click on a title to look inside that book (if available):

Google previewA Reactive Attitudes Account of Desert

Admiration is the paradigmatic attitude to take towards someone who has exhibited such incredible achievement, and it is a...

Google previewDay's Collacon: an Encyclopaedia of Prose Quotations (1884)

Consisting of Beautiful Thoughts, Choice Extracts and Sayings, of the Most Eminent Writers of All Nations, from the Earliest Ages to the Present Time, Together with a Comprehensive Biographical Index of Authors, and an Alphabetical List of Subjects Quoted

Admiration is the daughter of ignorance. Zeno. Every fool will find some greater fool to...

Admiration is a short-lived passion, that immediately decays upon growing familiar with its object, unless still fed with f resh ...

Google previewChristian Discourses, etc (2015)

The Lilies of the Field and the Birds of the Air and Three Discourses At the Communion on Fridays by Søren Kierkegaard

But admiration is a happy relationship to superiority, and so it is a blissful feeling, perhaps it is more blissful to admire in complete unanimity with ...

Google previewLaconics (1829)

Or, The Best Words of the Best Authors by John Timbs

Admiration is a very short-lived passion, that immediately decays upon growing familiar with its object, unless it be still fed with fresh discoveries, and kept alive by a new perpetual succession of miracles rising up to its view. — Mdison.

Google previewThe Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke (1826)

by Edmund Burke

Admiration is the passion which Homer ...

Google previewSermons, on Subjects Chiefly Practical (1824)

With Illustrative Notes, and an Appendix, Relating to the Character of the Church of England, as Distinguished Both from Other Branches of the Reformation, and from the Modern Church of Rome by John Jebb

That virtue, which they cannot practise, they are constrained to admire, And, in mmral rmatters,hopeless admiration is a source of bitter sorrow. But a severer { mug is yet behind. They behold what they might have been ; they feel what they are; ...

Google previewThe Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction (1836)

But the object in the Cut best entitled to admiration is the Erpingham Gate-house; though here we necessarily see ...

Google previewAir Force Officer's Guide (2014)

by Stephen E. Wright

Personal admiration is a voluntary tribute to another that the military service does not demand. But the service does demand respect for authority by unfailing courtesy to people who exercise it. The privileges of rank do not include the privilege ...

Google previewThe Budget of the Bubble Family (1840)

by Baroness Rosina Bulwer Lytton Lytton

Admiration is a separate and distinct feeling. Affection is the only coin that can purchase affection. When we mourn for the dead, ...

Google previewMemorandum of the Picture, called the Chapeau de Paille, by P. P. Rubens ... Fifth edition (1823)

by George STANLEY (Writer on Art.)

It is not intended to deprecate censure, nor to solicit approbation, when it is statedthat it has passed the ordeal on the (Continent, and, that unmixed admiration is the recorded , *: About 3000 guineas. 5 verdict. In Antwerp, where it was painted, ...



Though a rural and agreeable drive, the only point particularly worthy of admiration is that which embraces a fine view of Montreal, the Faubourg St. Antoine, where the bishop resides, with the wide-extended country around. On our return we ...

Google previewThe New Dictionary of Thoughts (2015)

by Tryon Edwards

To cultivate sympathy you must be among living beings and thinking about them; to cultivate admiration, among beautiful things and looking at them.—Ruskin. Admiration must be kept up by the novelty that at first produced it; and how much so ...

Google previewThe International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia (1915)

by James Orr

Pratt ADMIRATION, ad-mi-ra'shun (8aC|io, thaiima, "a marvel" or " wonder"; 8au|iA];», thaumdzd, "to wonder"): A term thrice used in AV in the NT, to express a wonder that includes approval, high esteem; replaced in RV by three ...

Google previewEncyclopedia Metropolitana Or System of Universal Knowledge on a Methodical Plan Projected by Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1858)

Glossology; or the historical relations of languages first division by John Stoddart

and circumflected, expresses admiration; with the smooth breathing and circumflex accent, it expresses desire.a 'Iof; expresses delight ;' as does the Latin evaa'r!5 Desire is expressed ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis, Or, Universal Dictionary of the Arts, Sciences, Literature, Etc (1816)

Intended to Supersede the Use of Other Books of Reference

Wonder; the act of admiring or wondering — Indu'd with human voice, and human sense, Reasoning to admiration. Milton. -The passions always move, and therefore, consequently, please; for, without motion, there can be no delight, which ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Positive Psychology (2011)

by Shane J. Lopez

other-praising emotions (gratitude, elevation, admiration). These latter emotions are the only ones that can be considered as ...

Google previewThe London encyclopaedia, or, Universal dictionary of science, art, literature, and practical mechanics, by the orig. ed. of the Encyclopaedia metropolitana [T. Curtis]. (1839)

by Thomas Curtis (of Grove house sch, Islington)

The passions which they more particularly discover are pleasure, languishing, scorn, severity, mildness, admiration, and anger; to which we may add joy and grief, if they did not proceed more particularly from the eyebrows and mouth: but ...

Google previewA practical dictionary, containing schemes of the most necessary subjects, divine, moral, and literary (1817)

by William Sleigh

ADMIRATION,. that. approbation, mingled with burprise and love, with which we are ...

Online dictionaries and encyclopedias with entries for Admiration

Click on a label to prioritize search results according to that topic:

Photos about Admiration

Click on an item to view that photo:


If you need related images for an article or a report, you can download stock photos:
Small photo of Admiration - a low height aerial view from a drone of father and son admiring the sunrise over the trees and lake at the park in Beavercreek, Ohio. More...

Video language resources about Admiration

Click on an item to play that video:

View more videos about Mutual Admiration Society.

See also the pronunciation examples of Admiration!

Quotes about Admiration

Admiration for the one
Who is of your opposite sex
Implicates your sexual desire beneath.
Admiration of the one
Who is of your same sex
Implicates your slavery nature beneath.
06.12.2007 (Rm. Shanmugam Chettiar)
more quotes about admiration...

Scrabble value of A1D2M3I1R1A1T1I1O1N1

The value of this 10-letter word is 13 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

Anagrams of ADMIRATION

What do you get if you rearrange the letters?


See also the blanagrams of Admiration!

Share this page


Go to the usage examples of Admiration to see it in context!

Privacy Policy | Cookies Policy
Keyword Tool | Romanian-English Dictionary