adulations


adulations

noun

  1. excessive devotion to someone; servile flattery.

verb (used with object), ad·u·lat·ed, ad·u·lat·ing.

  1. to show excessive admiration or devotion to; flatter or admire servilely.

verb

  1. (tr) to flatter or praise obsequiously

noun

  1. obsequious flattery or praise; extreme admiration
v.

1777, back-formation from adulation.

n.

late 14c., “insincere praise,” from Old French adulacion, from Latin adulationem (nominative adulatio) “a fawning; flattery, cringing courtesy,” noun of action from past participle stem of aduliari “to flatter,” from ad- “to” (see ad-) + ulos “tail,” from PIE *ul- “the tail” (cf. Sanskrit valah “tail,” Lithuanian valai “horsehair of the tail”). The original notion is “to wag the tail” like a fawning dog (cf. Greek sainein “to wag the tail,” also “to flatter;” see also wheedle).

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