Borrowing from Middle French adoration, from Latin adōrātiō, adōrātiōnem (“worship, adoration”), from adōrō (“beseech; adore, worship”), from ad (“to, towards”) + ōrō (“beg”).
adoration (countable and uncountable, plural adorations)
- (countable) 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.
- 1890, Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
- ...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.
an act of religious worship