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Definition of admiration:

  1. Cause of admiration; something to excite wonder, or pleased surprise; a prodigy.
  2. Wonder mingled with approbation or delight; an emotion excited by a person or thing possessed of wonderful or high excellence; as, admiration of a beautiful woman, of a landscape, of virtue.
  3. Wonder; astonishment.

Synonyms:

wonder, marvel, surprise, perplexity, account, idolatry, a pat on the back, perceptiveness, estimation, wonderment, favor, credit, feelings, consideration, prizing, appreciation, great respect, hold, favor, obeisance, approbation, pleasurable contemplation, curiosity, recognition, high regard, fondness, taste, bewilderment, confusion, high opinion, grasp, amazement, amaze, discernment, dread, brownie points, valuing, love, encomium, liking, excite, esteem, estimation, astonishment, kneeling.

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