- a feeling of wonder, pleasure, or approval.
- the act of looking on or contemplating with pleasure: admiration of fine paintings.
- an object of wonder, pleasure, or approval: The dancer was the admiration of everyone.
- Archaic. wonder; astonishment.
- pleasurable contemplation or surprise
- a person or thing that is admiredshe was the admiration of the court
- archaic wonder
early 15c., “wonder,” from Middle French admiration (14c.) or directly from Latin admirationem (nominative admiratio) “a wondering at, admiration,” noun of state from past participle stem of admirari “admire,” from ad- “at” (see ad-) + mirari “to wonder,” from mirus “wonderful” (see miracle). The sense has weakened steadily since 16c.
see mutual admiration society.