American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
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.
- 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. obsolete Wonder or questioning, without any particular positive or negative attitude to the subject.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete 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.
- n. a feeling of delighted approval and liking
- n. a favorable judgment
- n. the feeling aroused by something strange and surprising
- From French admiration < Latin admīrātiō, from prefix ad- + mīrō ("I look at") + -ātiō. Compare the verb admire. (Wiktionary)
“Following Burke, Reid identifies the affect properly inspired by beautiful objects as love (this contrasts with the affect properly inspired by sublime objects, which he identifies as admiration).”
“In a short time, however, he contrived to draw my attention to himself, by his extreme impertinence; for he chose to express what he called his admiration of me, in terms so open and familiar, that he forced me to express my displeasure with equal plainness.”
“It was the same at the end of an oar or rope and Phrynus heard, in his stupor, the sounds of grudging admiration from the gang.”
“One has to stand (and try not to stare) in admiration of her commitment to her education.”
“Indeed, it is not uncommon to see visitors rapt in admiration before the spellbinding beauty of the artwork nor, at the same time, to observe the devotion of all those engrossed in prayer in search of comfort and assistance before the image of Mary, who is venerated here under the beloved title of Salus Populi Romani.”
“[The title story's] set-up is so beautifully engineered that it left me simultaneously gasping in admiration and shaking with laughter.”
“I can holier-than-thou with the best of them – but I stand in admiration for Letterman saying screw off to blackmail.”
“Respect and admiration is what he believes in – to which she adds trust, and there we have our definition of what non-romantic love is: trust, respect, and admiration (Oxford comma optional).”
“He received years of praise and admiration from the public that he did not deserve, and now he is exposed as a fraud.”
“Pringle has me nodding & sighing in admiration, at a number of junctures.”
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