What does admiration mean?

Definitions for admiration
ˌæd məˈreɪ ʃənad·mi·ra·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. admiration, esteemnoun

    a feeling of delighted approval and liking

  2. wonder, wonderment, admirationnoun

    the feeling aroused by something strange and surprising

  3. admiration, appreciationnoun

    a favorable judgment

    "a small token in admiration of your works"


  1. admirationnoun

    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.

  2. admirationnoun

    Wonder or questioning, without any particular positive or negative attitude to the subject.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Admirationnoun

    Etymology: admiratio, Lat.

    Indu’d with human voice, and human sense.
    Reasoning to admiration. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. ix.

    They are imitations of the passions, which always move, and therefore, consequently, please; for, without motion, there can be no delight: which cannot be considered but as an active passion. When we view those elevated ideas of nature, the result of that view is admiration, which is always the cause of pleasure. John Dryden, Dufresnoy, Pref.

    There is a pleasure in admiration, and this is that which properly causeth admiration, when we discover a great deal in an object, which we understand to be excellent; and yet we see, we know not how much more beyond that, which our understandings cannot fully reach and comprehend. John Tillotson, Serm.

    Your boldness I with admiration see;
    What hope had you to gain a queen like me?
    Because a hero forc’d me once away,
    Am I thought fit to be a second prey? Dryd.


  1. Admiration

    Admiration is a social emotion felt by observing people of competence, talent, or skill exceeding standards. Admiration facilitates social learning in groups. Admiration motivates self-improvement through learning from role-models.


  1. admiration

    Admiration is a feeling of respectful appreciation or deep respect for someone or something due to their qualities, achievements, skills or personal attributes. It involves a sense of high regard and pleasure derived from observing or considering these admirable aspects. Admiration can inspire emulation, aspiration, and esteem.

  2. admiration

    Admiration refers to a feeling of respect, high regard, or great approval towards someone or something. It often involves a sense of wonder, delight, or pleasure derived from appreciating or acknowledging the admirable qualities such as talent, integrity, altruism, or aesthetic beauty of the person or thing being admired.

  3. admiration

    Admiration is a feelings of respect, approval, and reverence for someone or something, typically evoked by their qualities, abilities, or achievements. It is an emotion that involves a high level of esteem, regard, or appreciation, often leading to a desire to emulate or aspire towards the admired person or attribute.

  4. admiration

    Admiration is a feeling of great respect, warm approval, or deep reverence for someone or something. It typically stems from a person's abilities, qualities, or achievements and can often lead to emulation or imitation.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Admirationnoun

    wonder; astonishment

  2. Admirationnoun

    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

  3. Admirationnoun

    cause of admiration; something to excite wonder, or pleased surprise; a prodigy

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. admiration

    1. The smile of Spite. 2. To secretly wish evil to one who has given us pleasure. 3. A form of shamefaced flattery. 4. To murder and go scot-free. _E. g._, "I admire him very much." "Ah, so that is the reason he has become thoughtful!" From Bean's _Meditations of a Vegetarian_.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of admiration in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of admiration in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of admiration in a Sentence

  1. Josh Earnest:

    It's sad to see when somebody who has attained a certain level of public stature, and even admiration, tarnishes that legacy so thoroughly, and the truth is, I don't take any joy, or vindication, or satisfaction from that. I think, really, the only thing that I feel is I feel sorry for Rudy Giuliani today.

  2. Thomas Mann:

    I have always been an admirer. I regard the gift of admiration as indispensable if one is to amount to something I don't know where I would be without it.

  3. Roger Wicker:

    I note that the distinguished Democratic leader has a great admiration for the distinguished representative from the state of Wyoming, Rep. Cheney, he waxes on about her judgment and her courage. I would point out to my colleagues that this newfound hero of Sen. Schumer voted no on H.R. 1 and perhaps he should follow her logic and her judgment on that since he has joined me in admiration of Rep. Cheney.

  4. Ambrose Bierce:

    Admiration, n. Our polite recognition of another's resemblance to ourselves.

  5. Claire Wilcox:

    He did court controversy and he wanted to get people's attention with his shows, there is no doubt that was an element of fearless, the bravado, the East End boy -- all of these elements but I think people are just struck with admiration for his creativity ... and his artistry.

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    an utterance expressing pain or disapproval
    • A. interrogate
    • B. acclaim
    • C. accompany
    • D. moan

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