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Though ‘adulation’ expresses reverence and veneration, the word is not always used in a positive sense. Often such praise can be more than somebody deserves and simply stem from sycophancy or slavish devotion rather than genuine and appropriate sentiments. Therefore, the term tends to imply almost embarrassingly excessive flattery.
At the concert, the singer basked in the adulation of her devoted fans who seemed to be totally in her thrall.
There are some within the organization who relentlessly adulate the boss with the goal of advancing their own careers.
The charity worker shied away from any adulation. She was only interested in helping those less fortunate than herself.