Definition of adulate in US English:



[with object]
  • Praise (someone) excessively or obsequiously.

    ‘he was adulated in the press’
    • ‘Probably no leader in world history has been so despised, adulated, and feared as Adolf Hitler.’
    • ‘As the opening titles read, ‘Madame de… was a very lovely, elegant and adulated woman.’
    • ‘No one seemed to realize he was a hero-to-be about to go on his first adventure and should have been greatly adulated.’
    • ‘Yet the show doesn't so much advocate ethical breaches, as it adulates the magic of courtroom oratory and ‘out of the box’ thinking.’
    • ‘It is directed by Juliet Abrahamson to provide locals and visitors with a feast of music from near and far, not overlooking the choir of King's College, known and adulated globally.’
    • ‘Louis's entry, then Conde's was a standard celebration of royal majesty, ‘an occasion to adulate the royal person’
    • ‘No school gyms of adulating audiences on their feet to cheer the genius, no comic book figures dropping bon mots could press those keys.’
    • ‘It is the antithesis of the still-prevailing Greek worldview which adulates logic and the laws of nature as absolute.’
    • ‘People will adulate - and imitate - writers, philosophers, political theorists, and college professors without subjecting their behavior to any moral scrutiny whatsoever.’
    • ‘The Romans adulated and revered the god of conquest, Mars, son of Jupiter.’
    • ‘Thespis, a satirical poem on the actors at Drury Lane, earned him the favour of David Garrick, whom he adulated.’
    • ‘Audiences identify with the vocalist or adulate the lead guitarist; they don't notice the bass guitarist.’
    • ‘Douglas Hay and Norma Landau's examination of the legal system of eighteenth-century England leads them neither to adulate nor castigate; rather they appear to chide.’
    • ‘Earnestness was a quality the mid-Victorians adulated above all others (which was precisely why Oscar Wilde was prepared to be so irreverent towards it in the 1890s).’
    • ‘Anyway, since the '70s, when folks started adulating the '50s, the nostalgia industry has learned to mine and resell the best stuff from 20 years ago.’
    • ‘There was supposed to be an adulating throng hanging from every rail, trumpet-blaring heralds lined side by side and perhaps even angels smiling down from above.’
    praise, applaud, cheer, commend, express approval of, approve, express admiration for, welcome, pay tribute to, speak highly of, eulogize, compliment, congratulate, celebrate, sing the praises of, praise to the skies, rave about, go into raptures about, go into raptures over, heap praise on, wax lyrical about, say nice things about, make much of, pat on the back, take one's hat off to, salute, throw bouquets at, lionize, exalt, admire, hail, toast, flatter, vaunt, extol, glorify, honour, hymn, clap
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Mid 18th century: from Latin adulat- ‘fawned on’, from the verb adulari.