Adulation Ad`u*la"tion, n. [F. adulation, fr. L. adulatio, fr. adulari, adulatum, to flatter.] Servile flattery; praise in excess, or beyond what is merited. [1913 Webster]

Think'st thou the fiery fever will go out With titles blown from adulation? --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Sycophancy; cringing; fawning; obsequiousness; blandishment.

Usage: {Adulation}, {Flattery}, {Compliment}. Men deal in compliments from a desire to please; they use flattery either from undue admiration, or a wish to gratify vanity; they practice adulation from sordid motives, and with a mingled spirit of falsehood and hypocrisy. Compliment may be a sincere expression of due respect and esteem, or it may be unmeaning; flattery is apt to become gross; adulation is always servile, and usually fulsome. [1913 Webster]

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  • adulation — [ adylasjɔ̃ ] n. f. • XIIe; lat. adulatio ♦ Vieilli Flatterie servile. ⇒ flagornerie. ♢ Louange, admiration excessive. « Un besoin d adulation » (Sarraute) . ● adulation nom féminin (latin adulatio) …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • adulation — ADULATION. s. f. Flatterie làche et basse. Il y a trop d adulation à cela. C est une adulation honteuse …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • Adulation — (lat.), Schmeichelei …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Adulation — Adulation, Schmeichelei …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • adulation — I noun admiration for, appreciation, approbation, blandishment, compliment, encomium, eulogy, fawning, flattery, glorification, homage, honor, idolatry, laudation, praise, sycophancy, toadyism II index doxology, honor (outward respect), mention… …   Law dictionary

  • adulation — (n.) late 14c., insincere praise, from O.Fr. adulacion, from L. adulationem (nom. adulatio) a fawning; flattery, cringing courtesy, noun of action from pp. stem of aduliari to flatter, from ad to (see AD (Cf. ad )) + ulos tail, from PIE *ul …   Etymology dictionary

  • adulation — flattery, *compliment Analogous words: praise, laud (see corresponding verbs at PRAISE): *applause, acclaim: fulsomeness, unctuousness (see corresponding adjectives at FULSOME) Antonyms: abuse Contrasted words: obloquy, vituperation (see ABUSE):… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • adulation — [n] overenthusiastic praise applause, audation, blandishment, bootlicking*, commendation, fawning, flattery, sycophancy, worship; concepts 32,69 Ant. abuse, criticism …   New thesaurus

  • adulation — ou flaterie, Adulatio …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • adulation — ► NOUN ▪ excessive admiration. DERIVATIVES adulate verb adulatory adjective. ORIGIN Latin, from adulari fawn on …   English terms dictionary

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