1. servile flattery
; exaggerated and hypocritical praise
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3 definitions retrieved:
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Adulation \Ad`u*la"tion\, n. [F. adulation, fr. L. adulatio, fr.
adulari, adulatum, to flatter.]
Servile flattery; praise in excess, or beyond what is
Think'st thou the fiery fever will go out
With titles blown from adulation? --Shak.
Syn: Sycophancy; cringing; fawning; obsequiousness;
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
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: servile flattery; exaggerated and hypocritical praise
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
56 Moby Thesaurus words for "adulation":
acclaim, accolade, apotheosis, applause, bepraisement,
blandishment, blarney, bunkum, cajolement, cajolery, compliment,
congratulation, deification, eloge, encomium, eulogium, eulogy,
exaltation, excessive praise, eyewash, fair words, fawning,
flattery, glorification, glory, grease, hero worship, homage,
hommage, honeyed phrases, honeyed words, honor, idolatry,
idolizing, incense, kudos, laud, laudation, lionizing,
magnification, meed of praise, oil, overpraise, paean, palaver,
panegyric, praise, pretty lies, soap, soft soap, sweet nothings,
sweet talk, sweet words, sycophancy, tribute, wheedling