adulate

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v adulate flatter in an obsequious manner
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Adulate To flatter in a servile way.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • adulate To show feigned devotion to; flatter servilely.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Adulate ad′ū-lāt to fawn upon, to flatter
    • pr.p Adulate ad′ūlāting; pa.p. ad′ūlāted
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Quotations

  • Oliver Goldsmith
    Oliver%20Goldsmith
    “The ambitious are forever followed by adulation for they receive the most pleasure from flattery.”
  • George Sewell
    George Sewell
    “When the adulation of life is gone, the coward sneaks to his death, but the brave live on.”
  • Lord Byron
    Lord%20Byron
    “The reason that adulation is not displeasing is that, though untrue, it shows one to be of consequence enough, in one way or other, to induce people to lie.”
  • Fawn M. Brodie
    Fawn M. Brodie
    “A passion for politics stems usually from an insatiable need, either for power, or for friendship and adulation, or a combination of both.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Adulation is the ever ready attendant to great wealth.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. adulatus, p. p. of adulari,

Usage

In literature:

One accustomed to adulation does not receive reproach gracefully.
"The Faith Doctor" by Edward Eggleston
Isn't it only fair to give back in pleasant speeches the admiration and adulation that the world gives you?
"Ainslee's, Vol. 15, No. 5, June 1905" by Various
She shared the fate of all objects of excessive adulation: flattery corrupted her.
"Jewish Literature and Other Essays" by Gustav Karpeles
She almost ignored the adulation of Cherry Hill, and the astonished reverence of her friends over her success.
"The Art of Disappearing" by John Talbot Smith
Theoretical speculations, vanity, and self adulation, are one thing; wise administration, and practical justice, are another.
"The American Quarterly Review, No. 17, March 1831" by Various
Frederic, indeed, stooped for a time even to use the language of adulation.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
He wished to reign in a coterie, and to receive adulation without constraint.
"Memoirs To Illustrate The History Of My Time" by François Pierre Guillaume Guizot
Even Miss Hillary shared in the popular adulation and smiled upon him at every chance.
"'Lizbeth of the Dale" by Marian Keith
But we neither sought their friendship, nor coveted their adulations.
"Americanism Contrasted with Foreignism, Romanism, and Bogus Democracy in the Light of Reason, History, and Scripture;" by William Gannaway Brownlow
They expected tender adulation from most, and from most they received it.
"Heart of the Blue Ridge" by Waldron Baily
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In poetry:

And you, too, Byron, did awake,
And ransomed from the cheating breath
Of living adulation, stake
Greatness on death!
"Off Mesolongi" by Alfred Austin
- "If ever a naughtiness seized me
To woo adulation
From creatures more keen than those crude ones
That first formed my train -
"The Mother Mourns." by Thomas Hardy
Persian, you rise
Aflame from climes of sacrifice
Where adulators sue,
And prostrate man, with brow abased,
Adheres to rites whose tenor traced
All worship hitherto.
"The New Zealot To The Sun" by Herman Melville
Man, the dreamer, groping after what he should be,
Cheers himself with hoping to be what he would be:
When he hopes no longer, with self-adulation,
Fancies he was stronger at his first creation:
"A Pagan Reverie" by Frances Fuller Victor

In news:

It came to betoken the nation's biking and adulation of auto.
Red Wings enjoying arm's-length adulation in Sweden.
Humility lost in adulation .
Some of the adulation, however, should be reserved for the technology that helped her do so: a pair of bionic legs.
Adulation of Obama has reached rare heights.
These are the emotionally flamboyant managers and co-workers who will do anything they can to draw attention to themselves, because without the attention and adulation of others they are nothing—or so they feel.
They are addicted to adulation.
Basking in the adulation of native throngs and hobnobbing with heads of foreign states are always good for poll ratings.
Rick Egan The Salt Lake Tribune Despite the newfound fame and the adulation, Chuckie Keeton, Utah State's star sophomore quarterback, shows no hint of arrogance.
The ascendant KC Symphony is more worthy of civic adulation than our faltering sports teams.
Suárez has earned adulation by creating goals from spaces on the field where there are two or three opposing players against him.
How do you stay humble in the midst of all this adulation.
I've always admired the way he stood up to both the adulation and the agony.
On Sunday, pole-sitter Stoner surrendered the lead with a poor start but needed scarcely more than a minute to wrest it back before burning away to victory and a chance to lap up the adulation one last time under bright sunshine.
Equal parts confusion and adulation reigned in the East L.A.
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