One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of, relating to, or characterized by adoration; that adores or venerates.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Samuel Rutherford (c1600–1661), Church of Scotland minister and political theorist. From post-classical Latin adorativus from classical Latin adōrāt-, past participial stem of adōrāre + -īvus. Compare French adoratif characterized by adoration, that adores. Compare earlier adoring.
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