Definition of admiration in US English:



  • 1Respect and warm approval.

    ‘their admiration for each other was genuine’
    • ‘The hard working people in the theatre community deserve our respect and admiration for the time and effort they put into their craft.’
    • ‘While he professes admiration for the British filmmaker, he says he owes his greatest debt to another source.’
    • ‘These writings reflect a mutual admiration, in which both man and woman learn from each other.’
    • ‘She was filled with admiration for her leader's cunning.’
    • ‘The violinist expresses his admiration for the elder musician with an affectionate gush of gratitude.’
    • ‘He also had a great admiration for Chinese art and civilization, which was expressed in his fluent, calligraphic style.’
    • ‘I would like to express our admiration for the selfless bravery of the emergency services, many of whom lost their lives.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was the innocence and charm of his work that won him the admiration of the avant-garde.’
    • ‘His achievements excited admiration all over Europe.’
    • ‘It is hard not to have a grudging admiration for the ingenuity behind these schemes.’
    • ‘Her three-piece cream ensemble, complete with sequins and matching hat, drew gasps of admiration from the large crowd of onlookers.’
    • ‘Everyone was full of praise and admiration for the people who worked so hard to make this trip so memorable.’
    • ‘Everyone affected by the floods will be filled with admiration for the Hovingham diggers.’
    • ‘The audience found themselves in awe and admiration of a truly remarkable and talented cast.’
    • ‘He has earned the admiration of his peers and players with the upstanding way he goes about his business.’
    • ‘In only six weeks he and his crew took part in three dramatic rescues, which earned him the admiration of the nation.’
    • ‘She earned his grudging admiration and unshakable loyalty.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These rank among the finest and most original works by any American artist, and were in part inspired by his admiration for folk art.’
    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’
      • ‘But we also have hope: that we can be worthy of the occasional admiration we have enjoyed in the past.’
      • ‘Her fashion creation won the admiration of a group of international judges who had to pick winners from a total of 400 entries.’
      • ‘For another, only a fine custom crafted bolt action sporter by a good maker is worthy of admiration.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘When we are living well, our life is worthy of imitation and admiration.’
      • ‘Yavin is obviously a brave and a good man, and worthy of our admiration and support.’
      • ‘The most important thing a man can do is to be a father and grandfather worthy of admiration.’
      • ‘The EcoCity initiative has won numerous awards, as well as the admiration of many.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He expects and receives the admiration of his family and everyone else.’
      • ‘She says my goals and aspirations inspire her, and frankly, I want to be worthy of her admiration.’
      • ‘Hartmann is a genuine hero of our times, worthy of admiration, and a composer who obviously knows his stuff.’
      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).