Borrowed from Middle French adoration, from Latin adōrātiō, adōrātiōnem (“worship, adoration”), from adōrō (“beseech; adore, worship”), from ad (“to, towards”) + ōrō (“beg”).
adore + -ation
- IPA(key): /ˌæ.dəˈɹeɪ.ʃən/
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- Rhymes: -eɪʃən
- Hyphenation: ad‧o‧ra‧tion
adoration (countable and uncountable, plural adorations)
- (countable, religion) An act of religious worship.
a. 1779, David Hume, Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion:
We incessantly look forward, and endeavour, by prayers, adoration, and sacrifice, to appease those unknown powers, whom we find, by experience, so able to afflict and oppress us.
- (uncountable) Admiration or esteem.
1891, Oscar Wilde, “Chapter 5”, in The Picture of Dorian Gray, London, New York, N.Y., Melbourne, Vic.: Ward Lock & Co., →OCLC:
[…] if she can create the sense of beauty in people whose lives have been sordid and ugly...she is worthy of all your adoration, worthy of the adoration of the world.
- (uncountable) The act of adoring; loving devotion or fascination.
- (historical) The selection of a pope by acclamation and before any formal ballot (excluded as a voting method in 1621 by Pope Gregory XV).
- (Christianity) Worship of Christ in the Eucharistic host in the Catholic Church, often while exposed in a monstrance.
an act of religious worship
Borrowed from Latin adōrātiōnem (“worship, adoration”), from adōrō (“beseech; adore, worship”), from ad (“to, towards”) + ōrō (“beg”).
adoration f (plural adorations)
- (religion) adoration