Definition of adulatory in English:


Line breaks: adu|la¦tory
Pronunciation: /ˌadʒʊˈleɪt(ə)ri


Excessively praising or admiring: an adulatory review the tone here is adulatory and uncritical
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  • Yet almost everything he wrote about Stalin's Soviet Union takes the form of adulatory, gushing hymns to Stalin.
  • We all ‘know’ about the secret police knocking on the door at night, adulatory TV programs exalting the president-for-life, the pervasive corruption, queues and shortages, or the silly propaganda.
  • Did Auden ever look back on his adulatory poem about Sigmund Freud, whom he makes out to be a secular saint of science, with similar embarrassment, once it began to seem that Freud's ideas may have hurt more people than they helped?
flattering, complimentary, highly favourable, commendatory, enthusiastic, glowing, appreciative, praising, worshipping, worshipful, reverential, lionizing, blandishing, acclamatory, rhapsodic, eulogistic, laudatory, fulsome; honeyed, sugary, saccharine, cloying; nauseating, ingratiating, obsequious, unctuous, sycophantic, servile, fawning
informal bootlicking, smarmy, rave

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