Definition of adulation in English:



  • Obsequious flattery; excessive admiration or praise.

    ‘he found it difficult to cope with the adulation of the fans’
    • ‘His skills have brought him adulation and riches beyond belief.’
    • ‘Is it just me or does anyone else find the spontaneous adulation and standing ovation before he's begun slightly embarrassing?’
    • ‘From being unsure about himself to coping with adulation, Sproule has raced forward in these last few weeks.’
    • ‘He was not the sort of prince who adored flattery and adulation, public appearances and such.’
    • ‘I mean on the one hand I'm sure he loves the glory, and he has to have this public adulation.’
    • ‘In a fit of adulation I tell Sir John how much I enjoyed his work.’
    • ‘Endless tributes, adulation and back rubs from his closest allies tend to obscure the truth.’
    • ‘That is the only small price he has to pay for his unmatched adulation and unparalleled adoration from his countryman.’
    • ‘Years of unimaginable success, glory and adulation were to follow.’
    • ‘Musically this piece exists to excite gasps of admiration, if not downright adulation from the audience.’
    • ‘I get a lot of appreciation and adulation for the kind of music I create.’
    • ‘Yet if the Welsh recover from their shaky start, it will be another manager who will be receiving the glory and adulation of a nation.’
    • ‘I have seen her tame a noisy rock audience into a state of appreciative adulation.’
    • ‘Neither, although his comics have brought him a certain degree of wide-eyed adulation, is he any kind of superhero.’
    • ‘The adulation nonetheless continued as the election drew closer.’
    • ‘Just which job is it that pays a fortune and showers its practitioners with honours and adulation to a great age?’
    • ‘Collins took off on his lap of honour, deserving adulation for his run of 9.98 secs.’
    • ‘The complaint is against his ideology - a concern that last week's adulation and denigration chose to ignore.’
    • ‘There will be no trophy or congratulation, no hyperventilation or applause or adulation.’
    • ‘Though she was happy with the love and adulation that came with fame, she hated waking up early in the morning.’
    hero-worship, worship, admiration, admiring, high regard, respect, lionization, lionizing, idolization, idolizing, veneration, awe, devotion, adoration, exaltation, honour, homage, glorification, glory, praise, praising, commendation, flattery, applause
    blandishments, compliments, tributes, accolades, plaudits, eulogies, pats on the back
    laudation, eulogiums, magnification, magnifying
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Late Middle English: from Latin adulatio(n-), from adulari fawn on.