from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Excessive flattery or admiration.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Flattery; fulsome praise.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Servile flattery; praise in excess, or beyond what is merited.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Servile flattery; excessive or unmerited praise; exaggerated compliment.
- n. Synonyms Adulation, Flattery, Compliment. These are varieties of praise. Adulation is servile and fulsome, proceeding either from a blind worship or from the hope of advantage. It may not be, but generally is, addressed directly to its object. Flattery is addressed to the person flattered; its object is to gratify vanity, with or without a selfish ulterior object. It is generally praise beyond justice. Compliment is milder, and may be expressive of the truth; it may be sincere and designed to encourage or to express respect and esteem. We may speak of a compliment, but not of an adulation or a flattery. Adulation of the conqueror; gross or delicate flattery of those in power; the language of compliment. In conduct, the correspondent to adulation is obsequiousness.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. servile flattery; exaggerated and hypocritical praise
Middle English adulacioun, from Old French, from Latin adūlātiō, adūlātiōn-, from adūlātus, past participle of adūlārī, to flatter.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French adulation, from Latin adulātio ("flattery"). (Wiktionary)