• Grandma and mother admire Robbie's slate sketch
    Grandma and mother admire Robbie's slate sketch
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n admiration a favorable judgment "a small token in admiration of your works"
    • n admiration a feeling of delighted approval and liking
    • n admiration the feeling aroused by something strange and surprising
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Admiral Sir Charles Saunders Admiral Sir Charles Saunders
Admiral Earl St. Vincent Admiral Earl St. Vincent
Admiral Viscount Nelson Admiral Viscount Nelson
Miss Velvet-Purr sings a song, which is much admired Miss Velvet-Purr sings a song, which is much admired
Fancy Picture of Hanwellian Admirer of the Ibsenesque Drama thoroughly enjoying himself Fancy Picture of Hanwellian Admirer of the Ibsenesque Drama thoroughly enjoying himself

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Heavyweight tire manufacturer Goodyear is in no way affiliated with Charles Goodyear, the inventor of vulcanized rubber. They merely admired his inventiveness and his process that was so easy to duplicate that competitors simply stole it.
    • Admiration Cause of admiration; something to excite wonder, or pleased surprise; a prodigy. "Now, good Lafeu, bring in the admiration ."
    • Admiration 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.
    • Admiration Wonder; astonishment. "Season your admiration for a while."
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In Norfolk, Virginia, a woman can't go out without wearing a corset. (There was a civil-service jobfor men onlycalled a corset inspector). However, in Merryville, Missouri, women are prohibited from wearing corsets because "the privilege of admiring the curvaceous, unencumbered body of a young woman should not be denied to the normal, red-blooded American male."
    • n admiration Wonder; astonishment; surprise.
    • n admiration Wonder mingled with approbation, esteem, love, or veneration; an emotion excited by what is novel, great, beautiful, or excellent: as, admiration of virtue or goodness; admiration of a beautiful woman or a fine picture.
    • n admiration The quality of exciting wonder or surprise; marvelousness; admirableness.
    • n admiration An object of wonder or approbation: now only in the phrase the admiration of.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: John Paul Jones' real name was John Paul. In a letter to Benjamin Franklin, he admitted he'd killed a sailor in the West Indies and changed his name to escape punishment. The "Jones" comes from Mrs. Willie Jones of North Carolina, whom he "admired."
    • Admiration the act of admiring: wonder, together with esteem, love, or veneration:
    • Admiration (B., Shak., and Milton) astonishment
    • ***


  • Walter Bagehot
    “A severe though not unfriendly critic of our institutions said that the cure for admiring the House of Lords was to go and look at it.”
  • Bill Mcglashen
    Bill Mcglashen
    “Patience is something you admire in the driver behind you, but not in one ahead.”
  • John Kenneth Galbraith
    “Nothing is so admirable in politics as a short memory.”
  • Ambrose Bierce
    “Admiration; is our polite recognition of another's resemblance to ourselves.”
  • Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
    “Few men have been admired of their familiars.”
  • Musonnius
    “The greatest admiration gives rise not to words, but to silence.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. L. admiratio,. See Admire
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. admirer—L. ad, at, mirāri, to wonder.


In literature:

No doubt a great deal of pious discussion would centre round the Vice-Admiral's easy moral but very logical opinions.
"Drake, Nelson and Napoleon" by Walter Runciman
She was afterwards sent to the Mediterranean, under the command of Captain James Todd, and bearing the flag of Vice-Admiral Lord Keith.
"Narratives of Shipwrecks of the Royal Navy; between 1793 and 1849" by William O. S. Gilly
And so my feelings were mixed, but admiration for him predominated.
"Children of the Market Place" by Edgar Lee Masters
Lost in admiration of the wonderful art of that gate I knew not that I was exciting suspicion.
"T. De Witt Talmage" by T. De Witt Talmage
The documentation is admirably done.
"Books and Persons" by Arnold Bennett
Everybody admired what ought not to be admired.
"Humanly Speaking" by Samuel McChord Crothers
He is an ardent admirer and most able supporter of Mr. Lyell's views.
"Alfred Russel Wallace: Letters and Reminiscences, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by James Marchant
His thought went back to the days when the handsome Buckingham threw his pearls into an admiring crowd.
"The Grey Cloak" by Harold MacGrath
A narrow border marked off in drills, and, if possible, sloping to the south, will answer admirably.
"The Culture of Vegetables and Flowers From Seeds and Roots, 16th Edition" by Sutton and Sons
In October it was repeated; and proper precautions having been taken, they admired the beauty of the fire, without fearing it.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. II (of 3)" by Isaac Disraeli

In poetry:

They parted from their dearest friends,
From all their heart desires;
And ROSABELL to HEAV'N commends
The Man her soul admires!
"Rosabell" by John Mayne
Bonny women--angels seemin,--
Set awr hearts an brains o' fire;
But its net ther beauties; beamin,
Its ther gooidness we admire.
"Take Heart!" by John Hartley
Yea, thou excell'st in rich attire
The lamp that lights the globe:
Thy sparkling garment heav'ns admire,
Thy Husband is thy robe.
"The Believer's Jointure : Chapter I." by Ralph Erskine
The nymph must lose her female friend
If more admired than she, —
But where will fierce contention end
If flowers can disagree?
"The Lily And The Rose" by William Cowper
Who would not this face admire?
Who would not this saint adore?
Who would not this sight desire,
Though he thought to see no more?
"A Pastoral" by Nicholas Breton
The admiration of the crowd
Sounds in his ear like rippling waves;
He is a stranger to self-doubt-
That torture of creative souls;
"On The Day Of Gogol's Death" by Nikolay Alekseyevich Nekrasov

In news:

I've always admired the work of Greene & Greene, two architects who designed Arts & Crafts homes and furnishings in the early 20th century.
Admiral Beverage Corp. Coca-Cola purchases Great Plains bottler .
Muhammad Ali, now 70 years old, is one of America's most admired athletes.
Q&A: Emma Stone on Branching Out With 'Spider-Man,' Admiring Woody Allen.
Press photo Emily Zoladz A customer admires a table display in the window of the new Anthropologie at Breton Village Friday afternoon.
Will TVA salute Navy admiral.
But Reynolds — who himself bundled upward of $600,000 for Bush's 2000 campaign — ultimately won by appealing to Everist's admiration for the president.
This is our LiL Easter Bunny, Pretty in Pink admiring her EasterEgg full of candy in Arlington, Texas.
Red admiral butterflies invade Northeast Ohio This spring has produced a large population of red admiral butterflies, including a few of the black-and-red winged species at the Cleveland Botanical Garden.
CLEVELAND, Ohio — Red admirals are taking over Northeast Ohio.
You have to admire his persistence.
"For the past 15 years, Marcus has performed admirably for the bank in various capacities including Cadence 's chief credit officer and Mississippi banking executive," Abernathy said in the release.
The Admiral Makarov is the last in a series of three Krivak IV class frigates built for the Russian Navy under a tender won by Yantar in 2010.
Everyone made fun of Marco Simoncelli's wild-and-crazy hair, but I've always admired it.
Like so many adults these days, I grew up with a love and admiration for the cartoon strip "Calvin and Hobbes ".

In science:

Bourbaki must also be admired by “working mathematicians”.
United sight to an algebraic operations and convergence
The admiration we feel towards QM is mixed with surprise: Quantum Physics uses a sophisticated mathematical framework to describe the physical world and the relation between the phenomena we see and the mathematical ob jects used to describe them is never obvious or justified on first principles.
Concrete Foundations for Categorical Quantum Physics
The slow progress with the meridian circles and the new photographic technique (the dry plate was invented in 1871) in 1885 led the director of the Paris Observatory, Admiral E.B. Mouchez, to suggest the possibility of a great photographic star chart, which became the Astrographic Catalogue (AC).
Astrometry during the past 2000 years
It turns out that Stein’s method and Malliavin calculus fit together admirably well.
Lectures on Gaussian approximations with Malliavin calculus
Carlo simulations, to which the ERG model lends itself admirably, is given.
Exponential random graph models