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Grammar. A word, sentence, etc., expressing surprise. Now chiefly: specifically (especially in various languages of the Balkans) the admirative mood; an admirative verbal construction or form.
1Characterized by or full of admiration; admiring.
2Grammar. Designating a word, sentence, etc., expressing surprise. Now chiefly: specifically (especially in various languages of the Balkans) designating a verbal mood, construction, or form expressing surprise, unexpectedness, disbelief, or the fact that the information is based on a report.
Late 15th century (in an earlier sense). From Middle French admiratif (adjective) expressing astonishment or its etymon post-classical Latin admirativus expressing astonishment (636 in Isidore), full of astonishment from classical Latin admīrāt-, past participial stem of admīrārī + -īvus.
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