Borrowed from Middle French admiration, or directly from Latin admīrātiō, from prefix ad- (“to, towards”) + mīrō (“I look at”) + -ātiō. Compare the verb admire, and US dialectal terms miration and mirate.
- A positive emotion including wonder and approbation; the regarding of another as being wonderful
- admiration of a war hero
- They looked at the landscape in admiration.
- 1749, Henry Fielding, chapter 1, in The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling, volumes (please specify |volume=I to VI), London: A[ndrew] Millar, […], →OCLC, book 7, pages 4-5:
- For in this Instance, Life most exactly resembles the Stage, since it is often the same Person who represents the Villain and the Heroe; and he who engages your Admiration To-day, will probably attract your Contempt To-Morrow.
- 1939 April 14, John Steinbeck, chapter 19, in The Grapes of Wrath, New York, N.Y.: The Viking Press, →OCLC; Compass Books edition, New York, N.Y.: The Viking Press, 1967, →OCLC:
- […] in the towns, the storekeepers hated them because they had no money to spend. There is no shorter path to a storekeeper’s contempt, and all his admirations are exactly opposite. The town men, little bankers, hated Okies because there was nothing to gain from them.
- (obsolete) Wondering or questioning (without any particular positive or negative attitude to the subject).
- c. 1603–1606, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of King Lear”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act I, scene iv]:
- Lear. Your name, fair gentlewoman?
Goneril. This admiration, sir, is much o’ th’ savour
Of other your new pranks.
- (obsolete) Cause of admiration; something to excite wonder, or pleased surprise.
- c. 1603–1606, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of King Lear”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act ALL'S WELL, scene ii], page 1:
- Now, good Lafeu,
Bring in the admiration; that we with thee
May spend our wonder too, or take off thine
By wondering how thou took’st it.
- (positive emotion including wonder and approbation): approval, appreciation, adoration, reverence, wonder, worship
admiration f (plural admirations)
- Plein d’admiration pour son adversaire, chacun lève sa propre visière : "Elsseneur ! ...", "Réginald ! ..."
- Full of admiration for his enemy, each raised his own visor: "Elsinore!" ... "Reginald!" ...
- (Les Chants de Maldoror - Chant V)
- “admiration”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.
admiration (plural admirations)
- Eagle, Andy, ed. (2016) The Online Scots Dictionary, Scots Online