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Adulation implies an over-the-top praise that can be unhealthy or insincere. SlideHis adulation of the celebrity seemed excessive, as he praised her for even the smallest deeds.
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Although a positive act, adulation can have a negative connotation, suggesting ingratiation or sycophancy. SlideThe intern's adulation toward the manager was seen as pandering for a promotion.
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Public FiguresPlay
Adulation is often directed at celebrities or public figures, rather than personal acquaintances. SlideThe young poet was uncomfortable with the adulation lavished upon him after his first publication.