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the act of paying honor, as to a divine being; worship.
reverent homage.
fervent and devoted love.
Contemporary Examples

What’s not clear is whether Platt will profit or finally suffer from all the adoration and emulation.
Ripping Off Larry Platt’s “Pants” Kim Masters January 31, 2010

Fatherless and emotionally needy, du Pont was a loner who sought companionship and adoration—usually at great financial cost.
Foxcatcher’s Real-Life Psycho Killer Marlow Stern November 17, 2014

In its sixth season, Modern Family is still worthy of adoration from audiences—just not Emmy voters.
Stop Hating on ‘Modern Family’ (But Also Stop Giving It Emmys) Jason Lynch October 14, 2014

Paul Ryan, meanwhile, has remained steadfast in his adoration of Atlas Shrugged.
The Search for Serious Literary Fiction for Republicans James McGirk November 4, 2012

But it is the human aspect—in fact, the heroic aspect—of Bartali that warrants our deepest respect and adoration.
This Week’s Hot Reads: June 18, 2012 Jimmy So June 17, 2012

Historical Examples

And Jerry, looking into her dark eyes, read plainly the yearning and adoration in their depths.
Astounding Stories of Super-Science, June, 1930 Various

The adoration of her, and the insane desire of her, can be seen in every play he wrote from 1597 to 1608.
The Man Shakespeare Frank Harris

Kissing hands, customary among the ancients as an act of adoration, ii.
Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 3 (of 3) Isaac Disraeli

She was bending forward, smiling, flattering her escort with the adoration of her eyes.
The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance

She referred to him as His Majesty, brought him gifts, surrounded him with adoration and incense.
Cinderella Jane Marjorie Benton Cooke

deep love or esteem
the act of worshipping

1540s, from Middle French adoration, from Latin adorationem (nominative adoratio) “worship, adoration,” noun of action from past participle stem of adorare; see adore, the original sense of which is preserved in this word.


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