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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Ad·u·la·tion n.  Servile flattery; praise in excess, or beyond what is merited.
 Think'st thou the fiery fever will go out
 With titles blown from adulation?   --Shak.
 Syn: -- Sycophancy; cringing; fawning; obsequiousness; blandishment.
 Usage: -- Adulation, Flattery, Compliment. Men deal in compliments from a desire to please; they use flattery either from undue admiration, or a wish to gratify vanity; they practice adulation from sordid motives, and with a mingled spirit of falsehood and hypocrisy. Compliment may be a sincere expression of due respect and esteem, or it may be unmeaning; flattery is apt to become gross; adulation is always servile, and usually fulsome.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n : servile flattery; exaggerated and hypocritical praise