Definition of admiration in English:



mass noun
  • 1Respect and warm approval.

    ‘I have the greatest admiration for all those involved in the project’
    • ‘In only six weeks he and his crew took part in three dramatic rescues, which earned him the admiration of the nation.’
    • ‘Her three-piece cream ensemble, complete with sequins and matching hat, drew gasps of admiration from the large crowd of onlookers.’
    • ‘There is something about a person who has the integrity to live as they profess to believe that never fails to spark at least a faint twinge of admiration.’
    • ‘The hard working people in the theatre community deserve our respect and admiration for the time and effort they put into their craft.’
    • ‘She earned his grudging admiration and unshakable loyalty.’
    • ‘It was the innocence and charm of his work that won him the admiration of the avant-garde.’
    • ‘His unique teaching style gained him the admiration and affection of the many talented undergraduate and graduate students who were attracted to his lectures and seminars.’
    • ‘His achievements excited admiration all over Europe.’
    • ‘Everyone affected by the floods will be filled with admiration for the Hovingham diggers.’
    • ‘These writings reflect a mutual admiration, in which both man and woman learn from each other.’
    • ‘I would like to express our admiration for the selfless bravery of the emergency services, many of whom lost their lives.’
    • ‘Everyone was full of praise and admiration for the people who worked so hard to make this trip so memorable.’
    • ‘He has earned the admiration of his peers and players with the upstanding way he goes about his business.’
    • ‘She was filled with admiration for her leader's cunning.’
    • ‘The audience found themselves in awe and admiration of a truly remarkable and talented cast.’
    • ‘While he professes admiration for the British filmmaker, he says he owes his greatest debt to another source.’
    • ‘The violinist expresses his admiration for the elder musician with an affectionate gush of gratitude.’
    • ‘These rank among the finest and most original works by any American artist, and were in part inspired by his admiration for folk art.’
    • ‘It is hard not to have a grudging admiration for the ingenuity behind these schemes.’
    • ‘He also had a great admiration for Chinese art and civilization, which was expressed in his fluent, calligraphic style.’
    commendation, acclaim, applause, approbation, approval, appreciation, regard, high regard, respect, praise, esteem, veneration, adulation, extolment
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    1. 1.1the admiration of Something regarded as impressive or worthy of respect.
      ‘her house was the admiration of everyone’
      • ‘For another, only a fine custom crafted bolt action sporter by a good maker is worthy of admiration.’
      • ‘When we are living well, our life is worthy of imitation and admiration.’
      • ‘He expects and receives the admiration of his family and everyone else.’
      • ‘Yavin is obviously a brave and a good man, and worthy of our admiration and support.’
      • ‘I try to show that it's possible to be different and worthy of admiration and respect.’
      • ‘But the one who's most captured the admiration of everyone is a local bloke.’
      • ‘Hartmann is a genuine hero of our times, worthy of admiration, and a composer who obviously knows his stuff.’
      • ‘The most important thing a man can do is to be a father and grandfather worthy of admiration.’
      • ‘But we also have hope: that we can be worthy of the occasional admiration we have enjoyed in the past.’
      • ‘Who can now look back on his career and deem it worthy of admiration?’
      • ‘All her life she's never done anything that has been worthy of my admiration and respect.’
      • ‘She says my goals and aspirations inspire her, and frankly, I want to be worthy of her admiration.’
      • ‘The EcoCity initiative has won numerous awards, as well as the admiration of many.’
      • ‘Her fashion creation won the admiration of a group of international judges who had to pick winners from a total of 400 entries.’
      object of admiration, pride, pride and joy, joy, wonder, delight, marvel, sensation
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    2. 1.2 Pleasurable contemplation.
      ‘they were lost in admiration of the scenery’
      • ‘Nevertheless his finest works are among the most significant of their time and remain capable of giving pleasure and evoking admiration.’
      • ‘I take no pleasure from passive admiration of designer products.’


Late Middle English (in the sense ‘marvelling, wonder’): from Latin admiratio(n-), from the verb admirari (see admire).