Meaning of ADULATE in English

ˈajəˌlāt also ˈadyəˌl- or ˈad ə lˌ- transitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: back-formation from adulation, from Middle English adulacioun, from Middle French adulation, from Latin adulation-, adulatio, from adulatus (past participle of adulari to flatter, to wag a tail, perhaps from ad- + a root akin to Sanskrit vāla, vāra tail, Lithuanian valaī horse's tail) + -ion-, -io -ion


a. : to praise effusively and slavishly : flatter excessively : fawn upon

sheepish fools that adulate every decision of their leaders

b. : to pay homage to without exercising a critical sense of values

a man who respects science without adulating it

2. : to admire or be devoted to abjectly and excessively

teen-agers adulating the newest movie star

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