Meaning of ADULATE in English

— adulation , n. — adulator , n. — adulatory /aj"euh leuh tawr'ee, -tohr'ee/ , adj.

/aj"euh layt'/ , v.t., adulated, adulating .

to show excessive admiration or devotion to; flatter or admire servilely.

[ 1770-80; back formation from adulation, ME adulation- (s. of adulatio ) servile flattery, fawning, equiv. to adulat ( us ), ptp. of adulari, -are to fawn upon (of dogs), appar. a nominal deriv., with ad- AD-, of an otherwise unattested base + -ion- -ION ]

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