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Borrowed from Middle French adoration, from Latin ad?r?ti?, ad?r?ti?nem ("worship, adoration"), from ad?r? ("beseech; adore, worship"), from ad ("to, towards") + ?r? ("beg").
adore + -ation
- (key): /?æ.d?'?e?.n/
- Rhymes: -en
- Hyphenation: ad?o?ra?tion
adoration (countable and uncountable, plural adorations)
- (countable) An act of religious worship.
- a. 1779, David Hume, Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion
- We incessantly look forward, and endeavour, by prayers, adoration, and sacrifice, to appease those unknown powers, whom we find, by experience, so able to afflict and oppress us.
- (uncountable) Admiration or esteem.
- 1890, Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
- [...] if she can create the sense of beauty in people whose lives have been sordid and ugly...she is worthy of all your adoration, worthy of the adoration of the world.
- (uncountable) The act of adoring; loving devotion or fascination.
- (historical) The selection of a pope by acclamation and before any formal ballot (excluded as a voting method in 1621 by Pope Gregory XV).
an act of religious worship
Borrowed from Latin ad?r?ti?, ad?r?ti?nem ("worship, adoration"), from ad?r? ("beseech; adore, worship"), from ad ("to, towards") + ?r? ("beg").
adoration f (plural adorations)
- (religion) adoration