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admiration Line breaks: ad¦mir|ation
Pronunciation: /adməˈreɪʃ(ə)n/

Definition of admiration in English:


[mass noun]
1Respect and warm approval: I have the greatest admiration for all those involved in the project
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  • The hard working people in the theatre community deserve our respect and admiration for the time and effort they put into their craft.
  • Everyone was full of praise and admiration for the people who worked so hard to make this trip so memorable.
  • Everyone affected by the floods will be filled with admiration for the Hovingham diggers.
1.1 (the admiration of) Something regarded as impressive or worthy of respect: her house was the admiration of everyone
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  • I try to show that it's possible to be different and worthy of admiration and respect.
  • All her life she's never done anything that has been worthy of my admiration and respect.
  • She says my goals and aspirations inspire her, and frankly, I want to be worthy of her admiration.
object of admiration, pride, pride and joy, joy, wonder, delight, marvel, sensation
1.2Pleasurable contemplation: they were lost in admiration of the scenery
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  • I take no pleasure from passive admiration of designer products.
  • Nevertheless his finest works are among the most significant of their time and remain capable of giving pleasure and evoking admiration.


Late Middle English (in the sense 'marvelling, wonder'): from Latin admiratio(n-), from the verb admirari (see admire).

  • miracle from Middle English:

    In Latin a miraculum was ‘an object of wonder’ and was formed from mirus ‘wonderful’. These also lie behind admiration (Late Middle English) and marvel (Middle English).

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