AskDefine | Define admiration

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1 a feeling of delighted approval and liking [syn: esteem]
2 the feeling aroused by something strange and surprising [syn: wonder, wonderment]
3 a favorable judgment; "a small token in admiration of your works" [syn: appreciation]

User Contributed Dictionary



From < admiratio, from prefix ad-, "to", + mirare, "look at", + noun of action suffix -tio. See admire.



  1. Wonder mingled with approbation or delight; an emotion excited by a person or thing possessed of wonderful or high excellence; as, admiration of a beautiful woman, of a landscape, of virtue.
  2. Wonder or questioning, without any particular positive or negative attitude to the subject.
    • Lear: Your name, faire Gentlewoman? Gonerill: This admiration Sir, is much o'th' savour Of other your new prankes. — William Shakespeare, King Lear, I.ii.

Derived terms


adoration; appreciation




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  1. admiration
    Plein d’admiration pour son adversaire, chacun lève sa propre visière : "Elsseneur ! ...", "Réginald ! ..." (Les Chants de Maldoror - Chant V) - Full of admiration for its enemy, ...

Extensive Definition

Admirable may refer to:

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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