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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Adulation  \Ad`u*la"tion\,  n.  [F.  adulation,  fr  L.  adulatio,  fr 
  adulari  adulatum  to  flatter.] 
  Servile  flattery;  praise  in  excess,  or  beyond  what  is 
  merited. 
 
  Think'st  thou  the  fiery  fever  will  go  out  With  titles 
  blown  from  adulation?  --Shak. 
 
  Syn:  Sycophancy;  cringing;  fawning;  obsequiousness; 
  blandishment. 
 
  Usage:  {Adulation},  {Flattery},  {Compliment}.  Men  deal  in 
  compliments  from  a  desire  to  please;  they  use  flattery 
  either  from  undue  admiration,  or  a  wish  to  gratify 
  vanity;  they  practice  adulation  from  sordid  motives, 
  and  with  a  mingled  spirit  of  falsehood  and  hypocrisy. 
  Compliment  may  be  a  sincere  expression  of  due  respect 
  and  esteem,  or  it  may  be  unmeaning;  flattery  is  apt  to 
  become  gross;  adulation  is  always  servile,  and  usually 
  fulsome. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  adulation 
  n  :  the  act  of  admiring  strongly  [syn:  {adoration},  {idolization}, 
  {idolisation}] 




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