Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A feeling of pleasure, wonder, and approval. See Synonyms at regard.
  • n. An object of wonder and esteem; a marvel.
  • n. Archaic Wonder.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Wonder; astonishment.
  • n. Wonder mingled with approbation or delight; an emotion excited by a person or thing possessed of wonderful or high excellence.
  • n. Cause of admiration; something to excite wonder, or pleased surprise; a prodigy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Wonder; astonishment; surprise.
  • n. 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. The quality of exciting wonder or surprise; marvelousness; admirableness.
  • n. An object of wonder or approbation: now only in the phrase the admiration of.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a feeling of delighted approval and liking
  • n. a favorable judgment
  • n. the feeling aroused by something strange and surprising

Etymologies

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From French admiration < Latin admīrātiō, from prefix ad- + mīrō ("I look at") + -ātiō. Compare the verb admire.

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