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Meaning of ADULATION

Pronunciation:  `aju'leyshun

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  servile flattery; exaggerated and hypocritical praise

ADULATION is a 9 letter word that starts with A.


 See Also: flattery



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ad`u*la"tion\, n. [F. adulation, fr. L. adulatio, fr.
adulari, adulatum, to flatter.]
Servile flattery; praise in excess, or beyond what is

      Think'st thou the fiery fever will go out With titles
      blown from adulation?                    --Shak.

Syn: Sycophancy; cringing; fawning; obsequiousness;

Usage: {Adulation}, {Flattery}, {Compliment}. Men deal in
       compliments from a desire to please; they use flattery
       either from undue admiration, or a wish to gratify
       vanity; they practice adulation from sordid motives,
       and with a mingled spirit of falsehood and hypocrisy.
       Compliment may be a sincere expression of due respect
       and esteem, or it may be unmeaning; flattery is apt to
       become gross; adulation is always servile, and usually

Thesaurus Terms
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