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adulation

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n adulation servile flattery; exaggerated and hypocritical praise
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Adulation Servile flattery; praise in excess, or beyond what is merited. "Think'st thou the fiery fever will go out
      With titles blown from adulation ?"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n adulation Servile flattery; excessive or unmerited praise; exaggerated compliment.
    • n adulation Synonyms Adulation, Flattery, Compliment. These are varieties of praise. Adulation is servile and fulsome, proceeding either from a blind worship or from the hope of advantage. It may not be, but generally is, addressed directly to its object. Flattery is addressed to the person flattered; its object is to gratify vanity, with or without a selfish ulterior object. It is generally praise beyond justice. Compliment is milder, and may be expressive of the truth; it may be sincere and designed to encourage or to express respect and esteem. We may speak of a compliment, but not of an adulation or a flattery. Adulation of the conqueror; gross or delicate flattery of those in power; the language of compliment. In conduct, the correspondent to adulation is obsequiousness.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Adulation ad-ū-lā′shun fawning: flattery.
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Quotations

  • Oliver Goldsmith
    Oliver%20Goldsmith
    “The ambitious are forever followed by adulation for they receive the most pleasure from flattery.”
  • George Sewell
    George Sewell
    “When the adulation of life is gone, the coward sneaks to his death, but the brave live on.”
  • Lord Byron
    Lord%20Byron
    “The reason that adulation is not displeasing is that, though untrue, it shows one to be of consequence enough, in one way or other, to induce people to lie.”
  • Fawn M. Brodie
    Fawn M. Brodie
    “A passion for politics stems usually from an insatiable need, either for power, or for friendship and adulation, or a combination of both.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Adulation is the ever ready attendant to great wealth.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. adulation, fr. L. adulatio, fr. adulari, adulatum, to flatter
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. adulāri, adulatus, to fawn upon.

Usage

In literature:

It was in these moods of adulation and self-revelation that Marishka found him most difficult.
"The Secret Witness" by George Gibbs
Like Madame de Ruth he preferred less directly expressed adulation.
"A German Pompadour" by Marie Hay
Of course, they have the adulation of the Academical taverns, and their fair hostesses.
"The Immortal" by Alphonse Daudet
She wanted adulation, wanted to be made much of.
"The Bill-Toppers" by Andre Castaigne
He praises first her external beauty with many a happy touch, yet with an excess which seems to border on adulation.
"Homer's Odyssey" by Denton J. Snider
Before the popular adulation of Perry, Macdonough sinks into second place.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
The name of Lafayette was hailed with adulation; then all was still.
"True to His Home" by Hezekiah Butterworth
The most dangerous rock in his way will be adulation.
"The Mirror of Taste, and Dramatic Censor" by Samuel James Arnold
Perhaps, too, it was just as well, for Christopher received that noon all the adulation that was good for him.
"Christopher and the Clockmakers" by Sara Ware Bassett
For, next to money-making, adulation pleased him most.
"'Firebrand' Trevison" by Charles Alden Seltzer
The marchioness richly enjoyed this adulation, and was a frequent visitor at the convent.
"Louis XIV., Makers of History Series" by John S. C. Abbott
The whole ceremony had been revolting; he loathed the adulation and the fulsome sentiment.
"The Hero" by William Somerset Maugham
Fortune attended fame, and filled his pockets, as the breath of adulation filled his heart.
"Great Men and Famous Women, Vol. 8 (of 8)" by Various
But eld adull with winter frost and spent with days of yore, My body over-old for deeds begrudged such government.
"The Æneids of Virgil" by Virgil
Now she had only pity where she had had envy and adulation.
"In a Little Town" by Rupert Hughes
With the most fulsome adulation and the Jew they courted the army and sought to lead it against the republic.
"Mlle. Fouchette" by Charles Theodore Murray
She would have found it hard to do without Philip's steady adulation.
"Kildares of Storm" by Eleanor Mercein Kelly
Zoe, however, was notable not so much for her ability to govern as for her extraordinary vanity and love of adulation.
"Women of Early Christianity" by Alfred Brittain
Other women adulated the king.
"Historia Amoris: A History of Love, Ancient and Modern" by Edgar Saltus
For he is vain; his nature is light; he needs adulation in order to feel contented.
"Anne" by Constance Fenimore Woolson
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In poetry:

And you, too, Byron, did awake,
And ransomed from the cheating breath
Of living adulation, stake
Greatness on death!
"Off Mesolongi" by Alfred Austin
- "If ever a naughtiness seized me
To woo adulation
From creatures more keen than those crude ones
That first formed my train -
"The Mother Mourns." by Thomas Hardy
Persian, you rise
Aflame from climes of sacrifice
Where adulators sue,
And prostrate man, with brow abased,
Adheres to rites whose tenor traced
All worship hitherto.
"The New Zealot To The Sun" by Herman Melville
Man, the dreamer, groping after what he should be,
Cheers himself with hoping to be what he would be:
When he hopes no longer, with self-adulation,
Fancies he was stronger at his first creation:
"A Pagan Reverie" by Frances Fuller Victor

In news:

Red Wings enjoying arm's-length adulation in Sweden.
Humility lost in adulation .
Some of the adulation, however, should be reserved for the technology that helped her do so: a pair of bionic legs.
Adulation of Obama has reached rare heights.
These are the emotionally flamboyant managers and co-workers who will do anything they can to draw attention to themselves, because without the attention and adulation of others they are nothing—or so they feel.
They are addicted to adulation.
Who does not adulation the nature.
(Rick Egan The Salt Lake Tribune) Despite the newfound fame and the adulation, Chuckie Keeton, Utah State's star sophomore quarterback, shows no hint of arrogance.
The ascendant KC Symphony is more worthy of civic adulation than our faltering sports teams.
Suárez has earned adulation by creating goals from spaces on the field where there are two or three opposing players against him.
How do you stay humble in the midst of all this adulation.
I've always admired the way he stood up to both the adulation and the agony.
On Sunday, pole-sitter Stoner surrendered the lead with a poor start but needed scarcely more than a minute to wrest it back before burning away to victory and a chance to lap up the adulation one last time under bright sunshine.
Equal parts confusion and adulation reigned in the East L.A.
There's something about big money, fast living, and the adulation of millions of adoring fans that's attractive at that age.
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