• WordNet 3.6
    • v adore love intensely "he just adored his wife"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Adore To adorn. "Congealed little drops which do the morn adore ."
    • adore To love in the highest degree; to regard with the utmost esteem and affection; to idolize. "The great mass of the population abhorred Popery and adored Monmouth."
    • adore To worship with profound reverence; to pay divine honors to; to honor as a deity or as divine. "Bishops and priests, . . . bearing the host, which he [James II.] publicly adored ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • adore To worship; pay supreme reverence to; address in prayer and thanksgiving; pay divine honors to; honor as divine.
    • adore To honor and regard in a very high degree; regard with the utmost esteem, love, and respect.
    • adore Synonyms Adore, Worship, Reverence, Venerate, Revere, idolize, deify, pay homage to. Adore and worship, when not applied exclusively to God or gods, are manifestly hyperbolical: as, he worshiped the ground she trod on. The others seem literal when applied to men, places, or things. Adore and worship are applied primarily to acts and words of homage; the others are not. None of them primarily includes the idea of intercessory prayer. Adore is the noblest of the words. To worship is to pay homage by outward forms or in customary places: “A man of Ethiopia … had come to Jerusalem for to worship.” Acts viii. 27. In the Bible worship is used to express also extreme manifestations of respect paid to men: “As Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell down at his feet, and worshipped him.” Acts x. 25. Reverence is upon a plane a little different from that of venerate, there being sometimes more fear suggested by the former and more sacredness by the latter. We should reverence position, ability, and character; we should venerate old age. Revere differs from reverence chiefly in suggesting rather less solemnity or awe.
    • adore To perform an act of worship; be filled with adoration, reverence, or reverential admiration.
    • adore To gild; adorn.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Adore ad-ōr′ to worship: to love intensely
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  • Victor Hugo
    “When grace is joined with wrinkles, it is adorable. There is an unspeakable dawn in happy old age.”
  • Frederic Auguste Bartholdi
    Frederic Auguste Bartholdi
    “America is an adorable woman chewing tobacco.”
  • Jean Kerr
    Jean Kerr
    “I'm tired of all this nonsense about beauty being only skin-deep. That's deep enough. What do you want --an adorable pancreas?”
  • Hosea Ballou
    “The act of divine worship is the inestimable privilege of man, the only created being who bows in humility and adoration.”
  • Lord Byron
    “This sort of adoration of the real is but a heightening of the beau ideal.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “I adore simple pleasures. They are the last refuge of the complex.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. aouren, anouren, adoren, OF. aorer, adorer, F. adorer, fr. L. adorare,; ad, + orare, to speak, pray, os, oris, mouth. In OE. confused with honor, the French prefix a-, being confused with OE. a, an, on. See Oral
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. ad, to, orāre, to pray. See Oracle.


In literature:

She adored him because he was so wistful and so reliable and so adoring.
"The Lion's Share" by E. Arnold Bennett
For every god and goddess of Greece she has given us, on some immortal canvas, an archangel or a saint to be adored and loved.
"Ten Great Religions" by James Freeman Clarke
The Romish church have abused the doctrine which we conceive to be contained in the text, by decreeing adoration to departed saints.
"Sermons on Various Important Subjects" by Andrew Lee
Those of us who know Sylvia find that quick flash of humor in her eyes adorable.
"A Hoosier Chronicle" by Meredith Nicholson
Thou art the daughter of one that adores none, but of one that is adored by all!
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
Adored among gods and men, it hath a handsome form.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"
When she grows up you will all of you adore her madly.
"Slippy McGee, Sometimes Known as the Butterfly Man" by Marie Conway Oemler
The piquant little New York beauty, whom the men adored and the women abused, had caught the golden prize.
"The Unseen Bridgegroom" by May Agnes Fleming
She'll adore you, too.
"The Vehement Flame" by Margaret Wade Campbell Deland
Vaudrey unquestionably loved his wife, who adored him and was herself adorable.
"His Excellency the Minister" by Jules Claretie
The highest adoration is to visit the widows and the fatherless in their affliction.
"Preaching and Paganism" by Albert Parker Fitch
It was unreasonable, but it was true, that he adored them because they were difficult.
"The Judge" by Rebecca West
Academy: Adoration of the Magi.
"The Venetian School of Painting" by Evelyn March Phillipps
The whole audience was for her one vast heart of adoration, one fixed face of half-hypnotized tenderness.
"Tante" by Anne Douglas Sedgwick
I adore you all, as you well know.
"Aurora the Magnificent" by Gertrude Hall
Of Nellie there is one quite adorable.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 23 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Since Jesus Christ is present, He ought to be adored by the faithful.
"Reasonableness of Catholic Ceremonies and Practices" by John J. Burke
In her summer dress of white, her big garden hat and flowing violet veil, she looked adorable.
"The Wave" by Algernon Blackwood
It is that which makes women so irresistibly adorable.
"Miscellaneous Aphorisms; The Soul of Man" by Oscar Wilde
It was there that your uncle, our mother's brother, lived, and the peasants, his tenants, adored him.
"A Blot on the Scutcheon" by May Wynne

In poetry:

And there I'll gaze upon thee
With an adoring eye;
And sprinkle thee, my bonny flower,
With gushing tears of joy.
"A Sonnet" by Samuel Bamford
Trembling up with adoration
To the crimson daisy tip
Budding from the snowy bosom -
Fainter than the rose-red lip!
"Daphne" by George Meredith
O! the almighty Lord!
How matchless is his power!
Tremble, O earth, beneath his word,
While all the heav'ns adore.
"Hymn 80" by Isaac Watts
The father wept. 'Thy wondrous hand,
Almighty, I adore!
I had not known how bless'd I was,
Had I not been so poor!
"A Tale" by John Logan
Let Man salute the rising day
Of Liberty, but not adore.
'Tis Opportunity—no more—
A useful, not a sacred, ray.
"Invocation" by Ambrose Bierce
Be wise, ye rulers of the earth,
Obey the anointed Lord,
Adore the King of Heav'nly birth,
And tremble at His word.
"Psalm II: Why Did the Nations" by Isaac Watts

In news:

The adorably squeaky cub can be seen pushing itself up slowly, taking a step, then tumbling over in a sleepy haze in footage recorded by zookeepers at the San Diego Zoo.
Sarah Jessica Parker 's adorable twin girls were dressed to the nines in pretty spring frocks on Friday and has the photos of the two beautiful little girls.
Sloths don't just look adorable, they also have some pretty adorable habits.
We turn our attention from culture and music to one of the bread-and-butter staples of The Feed: adorable animals.
As the New England Patriots and New York Giants prepare for another bitter standoff in the Super Bowl, the names of the big day's cutest players have been revealed, and has video of the adorable sports stars.
Adoration of the Adorable Raises the Cuteness Factor: Pups, Hedgehogs and More.
A trunk full of adorable.
Carter Gustafson, 8, has some adorable questions for you about Minnesota's marriage amendment.
I'll admit it: I'm not much of a sweets person, but I absolutely adore chocolate -- in any way, shape or form.
Old couple adorably struggles with webcam.
Ever since Super Desserts quietly ceased to be a going concern last year, this city has wanted for a sprawling twee brigade worthy of adoration.
John D'earth and Dawn Thompson adore the Thursday night scene at Miller's as much as anyone else in town, and not just because they get paid at the end of it.
French women don't have bad beauty days—especially not the interminably adorable Audrey Tautou.
Malachy the Pekingese wobbled off with best in show Tuesday night, becoming America's top dog much to the delight of an adoring crowd that called his name.
Enter now to score an adorable backpack from Unionbay.

In science:

The abelian groups and symmetric groups on n ≥ 5 letters are adorable of degree 1.
Topology of 3-manifolds and a class of groups
Thus the above conjecture says that a non-adorable finitely presented torsion free group has an infinite solvable quotient.
Topology of 3-manifolds and a class of groups
In this section we prove some basic results on adorable groups.
Topology of 3-manifolds and a class of groups
Let f : G → H be a surjective homomorphism with G adorable.
Topology of 3-manifolds and a class of groups
Then H is also adorable and doa(H ) ≤ doa(G).
Topology of 3-manifolds and a class of groups
The Artin pure braid group on more than 2 strings is not adorable, for it has a quotient a non-abelian free group.
Topology of 3-manifolds and a class of groups
In fact the full braid group on n-strings is not adorable for n ≤ 4 and adorable of degree 1 otherwise. (see [GL]).
Topology of 3-manifolds and a class of groups
The product G×H of two groups are adorable if and only if both the groups G and H are adorable.
Topology of 3-manifolds and a class of groups
Also if G × H is adorable then doa(G × H ) = max {doa(G), doa(H )}.
Topology of 3-manifolds and a class of groups
If G and H are both adorable then it clearly follows that so is their product and also it follows that doa(G × H ) = max {doa(G), doa(H )}.
Topology of 3-manifolds and a class of groups
Note here that free product of two adorable groups need not be adorable; for example the non-abelian free group on two generators is not adorable, but the infinite cyclic group is.
Topology of 3-manifolds and a class of groups
But it is plausible that the free product of two nonsolvable adorable group is adorable.
Topology of 3-manifolds and a class of groups
Let G be an adorable group and H is a normal subgroup of G.
Topology of 3-manifolds and a class of groups
Then H is also adorable and doa(H ) ≤ doa(G).
Topology of 3-manifolds and a class of groups
If H is non-abelian then by Stallings’ Theorem G itself is free and hence not adorable.
Topology of 3-manifolds and a class of groups