Definition of adulate in English:


Syllabification: ad·u·late
Pronunciation: /ˈajəˌlāt


[with object]
Praise (someone) excessively or obsequiously.
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  • Louis's entry, then Conde's was a standard celebration of royal majesty, ‘an occasion to adulate the royal person
  • As the opening titles read, ‘Madame de… was a very lovely, elegant and adulated woman.
  • Anyway, since the '70s, when folks started adulating the '50s, the nostalgia industry has learned to mine and resell the best stuff from 20 years ago.


mid 18th century: from Latin adulat- 'fawned on', from the verb adulari.



Pronunciation: /-ˌlātər/
More example sentences
  • In the crush at Sardi's, a tiny figure broke through the crowd of adulators to tell Rodgers: ‘This show of yours will run forever.’
  • No one likes a smarmy adulator.
  • That many in the eighteenth century actively resisted what seemed to them classical cultural imperialism, something supported by contemporaries they considered spineless adulators and imitators, may be less widely understood.

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