to regard with the utmost esteem, love, and respect; honor.
to pay divine honor to; worship:
to adore God.
to like or admire very much:
I simply adore the way your hair is done!
And Cora had turned sidewise in her seat next to him at the theatre and had looked up at him adoringly, awe-struck.
Gigolo Edna Ferber
He did love her, love her adoringly, as he loved what was great and lofty in art.
What the Moon Saw: and Other Tales Hans Christian Andersen
Or, if the public preferred, with Clavel as star, and with Adrienne as an adoringly humble member of the cast.
Superwomen Albert Payson Terhune
Then she backed off, and stood gazing down upon the two of them adoringly.
The Brentons Anna Chapin Ray
There, adoringly, stood Gaga, all his love making a radiance in his face which she had not previously seen so distinctly.
Coquette Frank Swinnerton
That which the subsidence revealed, adoringly she called her Huggo.
This Freedom A. S. M. Hutchinson
And all the while Nan Brent’s child stood by Donald’s knee, gazing up at him adoringly.
Kindred of the Dust Peter B. Kyne
Perhaps it was because they all treated him so adoringly that he was tired of them.
The Genius Con Pederson
They followed him about like two pet dogs, and when he sat down they stood and gazed at him adoringly.
Two Little Confederates Thomas Nelson Page
He was looking down at her not only adoringly, but masterfully.
The Disturbing Charm Berta Ruck
(transitive) to love intensely or deeply
to worship (a god) with religious rites
(transitive) (informal) to like very much: I adore chocolate
late 14c., aouren, “to worship, pay divine honors to, bow down before,” from Old French aorer “to adore, worship, praise” (10c.), from Latin adorare “speak to formally, beseech, ask in prayer,” in Late Latin “to worship,” from ad- “to” (see ad-) + orare “speak formally, pray” (see orator). Meaning “to honor very highly” is attested from 1590s; weakened sense of “to be very fond of” emerged by 1880s. Related: Adored; adoring.
to worship; to express reverence and homage. The forms of adoration among the Jews were putting off the shoes (Ex. 3:5; Josh. 5:15), and prostration (Gen. 17:3; Ps. 95:6; Isa. 44:15, 17, 19; 46:6). To “kiss the Son” in Ps. 2:12 is to adore and worship him. (See Dan. 3:5, 6.) The word itself does not occur in Scripture.
to decorate or add beauty to, as by ornaments: garlands of flowers adorning their hair. to make more pleasing, attractive, impressive, etc.; enhance: Piety adorned Abigail’s character. Contemporary Examples The sandwich is made with thick tiles of quality bread and adorned with lettuce and tomato. Become a Fried Seafood Believer at South Beach Market Jane […]
to decorate or add beauty to, as by ornaments: garlands of flowers adorning their hair. to make more pleasing, attractive, impressive, etc.; enhance: Piety adorned Abigail’s character. Contemporary Examples His imagery does more than adorn; it also helps swiftly clinch a character for the reader. True Grit: Ross Macdonald Gets His Due Malcolm Forbes August […]
something that adds attractiveness; ornament; accessory: the adornments and furnishings of a room. ornamentation; embellishment: personal adornment. Contemporary Examples Everything was just so very big — and with adornment to boot. Fashion Week Dispatch: Jason Wu and Rag and Bone Erin Cunningham February 7, 2014 The trend for adornment amongst Middle Eastern women is nothing […]
relief ornament applied to a piece. Contemporary Examples Alexander and adorno were doing what they could to save the officer on the passenger side, Liu. ‘Please Don’t Die!’: The Frantic Battle to Save Murdered Cops Michael Daly December 21, 2014 noun Theodor Wiesengrund. 1903–69, German philosopher, sociologist, and music critic. His writings include The Philosophy […]