adulate


adulate
adulation, n.adulator, n.adulatory /aj"euh leuh tawr'ee, -tohr'ee/, adj.
/aj"euh layt'/, v.t., adulated, adulating.
to show excessive admiration or devotion to; flatter or admire servilely.
[1770-80; back formation from adulation, ME < MF < L adulation- (s. of adulatio) servile flattery, fawning, equiv. to adulat(us), ptp. of adulari, -are to fawn upon (of dogs), appar. a nominal deriv., with ad- AD-, of an otherwise unattested base + -ion- -ION]

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