• WordNet 3.6
    • n adoration the worship given to God alone
    • n adoration the act of admiring strongly
    • n adoration a feeling of profound love and admiration
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Adoration A method of electing a pope by the expression of homage from two thirds of the conclave. "Pole] might have been chosen on the spot by adoration ."
    • Adoration Homage paid to one in high esteem; profound veneration; intense regard and love; fervent devotion.
    • Adoration The act of playing honor to a divine being; the worship paid to God; the act of addressing as a god. "The more immediate objects of popular adoration amongst the heathens were deified human beings."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n adoration The act of paying honors, as to a divine being; worship addressed to a deity; the supreme worship due to God alone. In the Rom. Cath. Ch., adoration is applied to any one of three kinds of worship (though properly only to the first), namely: latria, or worship due to God alone; dulia, or the secondary worship paid to angels and saints directly, or through the veneration of relics and images; and hyperdulia, the higher worship paid to the Virgin Mary. The saints and the Virgin are adored as the friends of God, having intercessory power with him.
    • n adoration Homage, or an act of homage, paid to one in high place or held in high esteem; profound reverence; the utmost respect, regard, or esteem; the highest degree of love, as of a man for a woman; heart's devotion.
    • n adoration In art and archaeology: A representation of the adoration of the infant Jesus by the magi or the shepherds.
    • n adoration A representation of the worship of an ancient divinity, of the deified dead, or of a king or an emperor. In Latin, adoratio. Such representations are common in Greek vase-paintings and funeral sculptures, and in Roman reliefs and medals. The ancient adoration is usually characterized by the gesture of raising the right hand, particularly with the thumb laid on the first finger; though it is sometimes exhibited, chiefly in Oriental examples, in a prostrate position.
    • n adoration A method of electing a pope. See extract.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Adoration divine worship, homage: profound regard
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  • 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?”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.”
  • Victor Hugo
    “There are fathers who do not love their children, but there is no grandfather who does not adore his grandson.”
  • Martin Luther
    “To gather with God's people in united adoration of the Father is as necessary to the Christian life as prayer.”
  • William Wordsworth
    “Rapine, avarice, expense, This is idolatry; and these we adore; Plain living and high thinking are no more.”
  • Princess of Wales Diana
    “I adore him I have never been so happy. I have real love.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. adoratio, fr. adorare,: cf. F. adoration,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. ad, to, orāre, to pray. See Oracle.


In literature:

What an adorable and delightful existence is that!
"The Physiology of Marriage, Complete" by Honore de Balzac
Thus, madam, in the midst of crowds, you reign in solitude; and are adored with the deepest veneration, that of silence.
"The Works of John Dryden, Volume 5 (of 18)" by John Dryden
Oh, what an adorable room!
"Mrs. Red Pepper" by Grace S. Richmond
There could be no question of his adoration.
"The Gay Cockade" by Temple Bailey
With true adoration shall lisp to thy praise.
"The Otterbein Hymnal" by Edmund S. Lorenz
He was the team, the hope and adoration of the whole college.
"The Plastic Age" by Percy Marks
But the effigy or description varies, for Siva is adored under many forms.
"Hinduism And Buddhism, Volume II. (of 3)" by Charles Eliot
You have let them adore you, and utterly spoil you; so now sometimes, Hector, you are insupportable.
"Beyond The Rocks" by Elinor Glyn
The presiding deity of the Bayon was Siva, adored under the form of the linga.
"Hinduism and Buddhism, An Historical Sketch, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Charles Eliot
This man's face was that of a priest adoringly performing the rites of his religion.
"The Halo" by Bettina von Hutten

In poetry:

And so your soul, my lady—
(Mere sunshine, nothing more)—
Prepares me the contraptions
I work with or adore.
"Sunshine" by Vachel Lindsay
"O sacred Virtue, heav'nly power!
Thy wondrous force I feel:
I gaze, I tremble, I adore,
Yet die my love to tell.
"Sir Eldred Of The Bower : A Legendary Tale: In Two Parts" by Hannah More
The whole creation join in one,
To bless the sacred name
Of him that sits upon the throne,
And to adore the Lamb.
"Hymn 62" by Isaac Watts
Thou art my everlasting trust,
Thy goodness I adore;
And since I knew thy graces first,
I speak thy glories more.
"Psalm 71 part 2" by Isaac Watts
Jesus the Savior reigns!
Let earth adore its Lord;
Bright cherubs his attendants stand,
Swift to fulfil his word.
"Psalm 99 part 1" by Isaac Watts
To be unloved brings sweet relief:
The strong adoring eyes
Play the eternal thief
With the soul’s fit disguise.
"Lovers" by Mary Eliza Fullerton

In news:

Flaky crust is key to the portable and adorable treat known as a hand pie.
There was plenty to pour — and adore — at annual MSU Museum Wine Tasting event.
Mommy And Delilah Day Kimberly Stewart takes her adorable ten-month-old daughter Delilah , for a breakfast outing in Bel Air California.
Kimberly Stewart takes her adorable ten-month-old daughter Delilah , for a breakfast outing in Bel Air California.
Sister sows on my farm just gave birth to the most adorable little piggies 14 in all.
Delilah was known to get along well with cats and she adores other dogs, but she doesn't seem to like small children.
Lillie Lemon's music has been shaped largely by her adoration for Sheboygan, Wis.
The dogs have timid personalities, adorable faces, and this case has animal rescuers incensed.
Cheli's story: From despised to adored.
Blessed with beauty, ambition, a smashing wardrobe and a social conscience, "Ragtime" would seem to be the kind of musical that brings Broadway audiences to their knees in adoration.
This year's Montgomery County Agricultural Fair had oversize cows, playful pygmy goats and adorable piglets running races.
Check out this adorable video of this lab puppy that picks a fight with a door stop and the door stop definitely won.
True, it was a tweetable one-liner gotcha moment, the sort of tasty political snack we all adore.
I was at the Houston zoo and I looked over at the tree and saw the squirrel sitting there, and I thought it looked adorable because I love squirrels so I took a picture of it.
Abercrombie, the purveyor of everything teenage girls and Justin Bieber look alikes adore, has found a way to make Carly Rae's No.

In science:

The first two classes are adorable groups of degree 0.
Topology of 3-manifolds and a class of groups
The abelian groups and symmetric groups on n ≥ 5 letters are adorable of degree 1.
Topology of 3-manifolds and a class of groups
Another class of adorable groups are GL(R) = Limn→∞GLn (R).
Topology of 3-manifolds and a class of groups
In fact we will prove that any connected Lie group is adorable as an abstract group.
Topology of 3-manifolds and a class of groups
The full braid groups on more than 4 strings are adorable of degree 1.
Topology of 3-manifolds and a class of groups