adoration

Adoration is a feeling of deep love. Some people may say animals don't have emotions, but you know from the adoration in your dog's eyes that it's just not true.

The noun adoration comes from the Latin word adorationem, which means "worship," particularly in a religious way. Adoration is still used today in a religious context, in phrases like "the adoration of God." If you adore or deeply love someone, you can describe that feeling as adoration. It's the kind of feeling Romeo had for Juliet, devoted fans have for a pop star, and you have for your beloved cat.

Definitions of adoration
  1. noun
    the act of admiring strongly
    synonyms: idolisation, idolization
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    types:
    glorification
    the act of glorifying (as in worship)
    type of:
    admiration, appreciation
    a favorable judgment
  2. noun
    a feeling of profound love and admiration
    synonyms: worship
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    type of:
    love
    a strong positive emotion of regard and affection
  3. noun
    the worship given to God alone
    synonyms: latria
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    type of:
    worship
    the activity of worshipping
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