excessive devotion to someone; servile flattery.
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
Although not handsome, his face called for an adulatory responsiveness on the part of those who came in contact with him.
Edith and John Franklin S. Farquhar
These verses have been disparaged as too adulatory in their tone.
The Oxford Reformers Frederic Seebohm
The adulatory phrases used as mere conventionalities seemed to have actually turned his head.
Charles the Bold Ruth Putnam
Demochares, then, has said all this about the adulatory spirit and conduct of the Athenians.
The Deipnosophists, or Banquet of the Learned of Athenus Athenus
Luca Pulci, the descendant of an ancient house of Tuscan nobles, composed an adulatory poem in octave stanzas on this event.
Renaissance in Italy: Italian Literature John Addington Symonds
If they seem to us to-day flattering not to say adulatory, it must be remembered that such was the mode.
The Complete Poems of Sir John Davies. Volume 1 of 2. John Davies
A murmur of adulatory incredulity arose from the group of courtiers.
The Vicomte de Bragelonne Alexandre Dumas
He was then publishing his ‘Typhon, or the Gigantomachy,’ and dedicated it to the cardinal, with an adulatory sonnet.
The Wits and Beaux of Society Grace Wharton and Philip Wharton
expressing praise, esp obsequiously; flattering
obsequious flattery or praise; extreme admiration
late 14c., “insincere praise,” from Old French adulacion, from Latin adulationem (nominative adulatio) “a fawning; flattery, cringing courtesy,” noun of action from past participle stem of aduliari “to flatter,” from ad- “to” (see ad-) + ulos “tail,” from PIE *ul- “the tail” (cf. Sanskrit valah “tail,” Lithuanian valai “horsehair of the tail”). The original notion is “to wag the tail” like a fawning dog (cf. Greek sainein “to wag the tail,” also “to flatter;” see also wheedle).
adullam one of the royal cities of the Canaanites, now ‘Aid-el-ma (Josh. 12:15; 15:35). It stood on the old Roman road in the valley of Elah (q.v.), which was the scene of David’s memorable victory over Goliath (1 Sam. 17:2), and not far from Gath. It was one of the towns which Rehoboam fortified against […]
noun a person who has withdrawn from a political group and joined with a few others to form a dissident group an inhabitant of the city of Adullam (Gen. 38:1, 12, 20).
having attained full size and strength; grown up; mature: an adult person, animal, or plant. of, relating to, or befitting adults. intended for adults; not suitable for children: adult entertainment. a person who is fully grown or developed or of age. a full-grown animal or plant. a person who has attained the age of maturity […]
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a program of noncredit courses for adults regardless of previous education, offered typically by a university extension or institute. Historical Examples The lodge members became interested in a State-wide program of adult education, and began a lending library of non-fiction books. North Dakota Various adult education as a supplementary form of instruction was considered an […]