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August 18, 2018

Word of the Day: Adulation

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Word of the Day : August 18, 2018

adulation \aj-uh-LAY-shun\ noun


: excessive or slavish admiration or flattery

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If adulation makes you think of a dog panting after its master, you're on the right etymological track; the word ultimately derives from the Latin verb adulari, meaning "to fawn on" (a sense used specifically of the affectionate behavior of dogs) or "to flatter." Adulation, which came to us from Latin by way of Old French, can be traced back as far as the 15th century in English. The verb adulate, the noun adulator, and the adjective adulatory later joined the language.

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