to show excessive admiration or devotion to; flatter or admire servilely.
It is true, people are permitted to adulate slavery—so they are allowed to adulate kings, where kings reign.
Continental Monthly, Vol. II. July, 1862. No. 1. Various
She whom such songs were meant to adulate or win, frequently was the wife of the Troubadours lord.
The Mediaeval Mind (Volume I of II) Henry Osborn Taylor
(transitive) to flatter or praise obsequiously
1777, back-formation from adulation.
excessive devotion to someone; servile flattery. Contemporary Examples So here Obama is, craving security and adulation, but being denied both. The Sprawling, Dimming Age of Obama Lloyd Green June 29, 2013 The thing I worry about is that he likes giving good speeches, he likes the adulation and he likes to make people happy. The […]
excessive devotion to someone; servile flattery. to show excessive admiration or devotion to; flatter or admire servilely. Historical Examples Is there no retributive justice dogging his heels, from which all the glories and adulations of earth cannot shield him? The Life of Thomas Wanless, Peasant Alexander Johnstone Wilson The Phnicians who surrounded the king lavished […]
to show excessive admiration or devotion to; flatter or admire servilely. Historical Examples I fear that Virgil was harmed by the Georgican success, and became more than ever an adulator of the ruling powers. The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 11, No. 68, June, 1863 Various But their good sense would despise the adulator who should pretend […]
excessive devotion to someone; servile flattery. Contemporary Examples It’s true that Berman’s view of her subject is adulatory, even gushy. Hugh Hefner’s Legacy Richard Porton July 28, 2010 McChrystal has lately been the subject of numerous media profiles, most of them adulatory. Gen. McChrystal’s Credibility Problem Jon Krakauer October 13, 2009 Historical Examples Although not […]