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admiration (n.)

early 15c., "wonder," from Old French admiration "astonishment, surprise" (14c., corrected from earlier amiracion), or directly from Latin admirationem (nominative admiratio) "a wondering at, admiration," noun of state from past-participle stem of admirari "regard with wonder, be astonished," from ad "to; with regard to" (see ad-) + mirari "to wonder," from mirus "wonderful" (see miracle). The sense has gradually weakened since 16c. toward "high regard, esteem."

updated on August 11, 2018

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Definitions of admiration from WordNet

admiration (n.)
a feeling of delighted approval and liking;
Synonyms: esteem
admiration (n.)
the feeling aroused by something strange and surprising;
Synonyms: wonder / wonderment
admiration (n.)
a favorable judgment;
a small token in admiration of your works
Synonyms: appreciation
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