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Definition of the noun adulation

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noun - plural: adulations

  1. servile flattery; exaggerated and hypocritical praise
    • example: Pop artists thrive on the adulation of their loyal fans.
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic word: flattery = excessive or insincere praise

Alternative definition of the noun adulation


  1. Flattery; fulsome praise.

Definition of the noun adulation for high school students

    extreme praise
    • example: Though the book was pretty good, Marcy did not believe it deserved the adulation it received.

The noun adulation is considered to be a word that all college-aspiring students should know and understand, so it frequently appears on the SAT, ACT and other college admissions tests.


"Adulation" is a composition.

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Google previewCatechism Of The Catholic Church Revised PB (2002)

by David Bordwell, The Vatican

Adulation is a grave fault if it makes one an accomplice in another's vices or grave sins. Neither the desire to be of service nor friendship justifies duplicitous speech. Adulation is a venial sin when it only seeks to be agreeable, to avoid evil , ...

Google previewThe Distinction Between Words Esteemed Synonymous in the English Language (1794)

Pointed Out, and the Proper Choice of Them Determined. Useful to All who Would Either Write Or Speak with Propriety and Elegance by John Trusler

Adulation is a gross kind of flattery; the latter is pleasing; the former, disgusting. Delicate, indirect flattery, is a compliment paid by polite people, to each other, in all fashionable societies, and is well received; but the mercenary adulation of the ...

Google previewCatechism of the Catholic Church (2012)

Second Edition by U.S. Catholic Church

Adulation is a grave fault if it makes one an accomplice in another's vices or grave sins. Neither the desire to be of service nor friendship justifies duplicitous speech. Adulation is a venial sin when it only seeks to be agreeable, to avoid evil , ...

Google previewWord Workout (2014)

Building a Muscular Vocabulary in 10 Easy Steps by Charles Harrington Elster

Adulation is the noun. To adulate (AJ-uh-layt), to flatter, praise, or admire excessively, is the verb. A person who adulates is an adulator (AJ-uh-LAY-tur), and the adjective is adulatory (AJ-uh-luhTOR-ee), marked by servile flattery or excessive ...

Google previewAnna Julia Cooper, Visionary Black Feminist (2007)

A Critical Introduction by Vivian M. May

adulation is the flip side of denigration — they are deeply intertwined. Moreover, despite Cooper's efforts to craft narrative and political space 3 • Anna Julia Cooper, Visionary Black ...

Google previewTulu - English Dictionary (2002)

by A. Manner

Adulation,. í. фоззг). d,. Adulator, j. Adult, j. гзоаогзиоЗо. д. , Adulterate, r-, я. Adulteration, j.

Google previewMerriam-Webster's Dictionary of Synonyms (1984)

by Merriam-Webster, Inc

-Con *easy, facile, light compliment n Compliment, flattery, adulation all denote praise addressed directly to a ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Metropolitana; Or, Universal Dictionary of Knowledge on an Original Plan Comprising the Twofold Advantage of a Philosophical and an Alphabetical Arrangement, with Appropriate Engravings Edited by Edward Smedley, Hugh James Rose, Henry John Rose (1845)

Miscellaneous and lexicographical, vol. 1

When hee came to man's estate, hee exercised feath of knighthood, hee loued discipline, and hated adulation.

Google previewA Dictionary of Human Instincts (2001)

by Nils K. Oeijord, Mitch C. Bronston

instinct adulation, adulation (very great and uncritical admiration and praise) instinct (Hitler's Germany!) adventure, to-enjoy-adventure instinct affection, affection-and-sense-of-mercy-towards-others instinct affection, a-need-for- affection ...

Google previewA Dictionary of English Synonymes ... (1845)

by John Platts

Adulation is practised by courtiers ; flattery by lovers ; compliments are used by the fashionable. — Adulation is fulsome ; flattery disgraceful ; compliments frequently without meaning. ADVANCE, [avancer, F.] to step or move forward. Proceed ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Metropolitana: Miscellaneous and lexicographical (1845)

by Edward Smedley, Hugh James Rose, Henry John Rose

ADULATION, n. Adulor: perhaps from ačvADULA"To RY, Atow, Dorice pro movXičw, from měvc, suavis, sweet; HövXtow (says Vossius) valet idem ac mooxoyā, sive, byssinis ac suavibus verbis utor. “To use well placed words of glozing .

Google previewA Concise Etymological Dictionary of the English Language (1885)

by Walter William Skeat

Adulation, flattery. (F.-L.) F. adulation. — L. acc. adulationem, from adulatio, flattery. — L. adulatus, pp. of adulari, to flatter. Adult ; see Aliment. Adulterate, to corrupt. (L.) XVI cent. — L. adultcratus, pp. of adulterare, to corrupt.

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And it was only released in London last week, so when I go back to England Monday or whatever, I am expecting heaps of adulation. I'm hoping there is. If that doesn't happen I will be disappointed. (David Thewlis)
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