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THE GUTENBERG WEBSTER'S UNABRIDGED DICTIONARY BY PROJECT GUTENBERG

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ADMISSIVE

ADMISSIVE Ad*missive, a. Defn: Implying an admission; tending to admit. [R.] Lamb.

ADMISSORY

ADMISSORY Ad*misso*ry, a. Defn: Pertaining to admission.

ADMIT

ADMIT Ad*mit, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Admitted; p. pr. & vb. n. Admitting.] Etym: [OE. amitten, L. admittere, admissum; ad + mittere to send: cf. F. admettre, OF. admettre, OF. ametre. See Missile.] 1. To suffer to enter; to grant entrance, whether into a place, or into the mind, or consideration; to receive; to take; as, they were into his house; to admit a serious thought into the mind; to admit evidence in the trial of a cause. 2. To give a right of entrance; as, a ticket one into a playhouse. 3. To allow (one) to enter on an office or to enjoy a privilege; to recognize as qualified for a franchise; as, to admit an attorney to practice law; the prisoner was admitted to bail. 4. To concede as true; to acknowledge or assent to, as an allegation which it is impossible to deny; to own or confess; as, the argument or fact is admitted; he admitted his guilt. 5. To be capable of; to permit; as, the words do not admit such a construction. In this sense, of may be used after the verb, or may be omitted. Both Houses declared that they could admit of no treaty with the king. Hume.

ADMITTABLE

ADMITTABLE Ad*mitta*ble, a. Defn: Admissible. Sir T. Browne.

ADMITTANCE

ADMITTANCE Ad*mittance, n. 1. The act of admitting. 2. Permission to enter; the power or right of entrance; also, actual entrance; reception. To gain admittance into the house. South. He desires admittance to the king. Dryden. To give admittance to a thought of fear. Shak. 3. Concession; admission; allowance; as, the admittance of an argument. [Obs.] Sir T. Browne. 4. Admissibility. [Obs.] Shak. 5. (Eng. Law) Defn: The act of giving possession of a copyhold estate. Bouvier. Syn. -- Admission; access; entrance; initiation. -- Admittance, Admission. These words are, to some extent, in a state of transition and change. Admittance is now chiefly confined to its primary sense of access into some locality or building. Thus we see on the doors of factories, shops, etc. No admittance. Its secondary or moral sense, as admittance to the church, is almost entirely laid aside. Admission has taken to itself the secondary or figurative senses; as, admission to the rights of citizenship; admission to the church; the admissions made by one of the parties in a dispute. And even when used in its primary sense, it is not identical with admittance. Thus, we speak of admission into a country, territory, and other larger localities, etc., where admittance could not be used. So, when we speak of admission to a concert or other public assembly, the meaning is not perhaps exactly that of admittance, viz., access within the walls of the building, but rather a reception into the audience, or access to the performances. But the lines of distinction on this subject are one definitely drawn.

ADMITTATUR

ADMITTATUR Ad`mit*tatur, n. Etym: [L., let him be admitted.] Defn: The certificate of admission given in some American colleges.

ADMITTED; ADMITTEDLY

ADMITTED; ADMITTEDLY Ad*mitted, a. Defn: Received as true or valid; acknowledged. -- Ad*mitted*ly adv. Defn: Confessedly.

ADMITTER

ADMITTER Ad*mitter, n. Defn: One who admits.

ADMIX

ADMIX Ad*mix, v. t. Etym: [Pref. ad- + mix: cf. L. admixtus, p. p. of admiscere. See Mix.] Defn: To mingle with something else; to mix. [R.]

ADMIXTION

ADMIXTION Ad*mixtion, n. Etym: [L. admixtio.] Defn: A mingling of different things; admixture. Glanvill.

ADMIXTURE

ADMIXTURE Ad*mixture, n. Etym: [L. admiscere, admixtum, to admix; ad + miscere to mix. See Mix.] 1. The act of mixing; mixture. 2. The compound formed by mixing different substances together. 3. That which is mixed with anything.

ADMONISH

ADMONISH Ad*monish, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Admonished; p. pr. & vb. n. Admonishing.] Etym: [OE. amonesten, OF. amonester, F. admonester, fr. a supposed LL. admonesstrare, fr. L. admonere to remind, warn; ad + monere to warn. See Monition.] 1. To warn or notify of a fault; to reprove gently or kindly, but seriously; to exhort. Admonish him as a brother. 2 Thess. iii. 15. 2. To counsel against wrong practices; to cation or advise; to warn against danger or an offense; -- followed by of, against, or a subordinate clause. Admonishing one another in psalms and hymns. Col. iii. 16. I warned thee, I admonished thee, foretold The danger, and the lurking enemy. Milton. 3. To instruct or direct; to inform; to notify. Moses was admonished of God, when he was about to make the tabernacle. Heb. viii. 5.

ADMONISHER

ADMONISHER Ad*monish*er, n. Defn: One who admonishes.

ADMONISHMENT

ADMONISHMENT Ad*monish*ment, n. Etym: [Cf. OF. amonestement, admonestement.] Defn: Admonition. [R.] Shak.

ADMONITION

ADMONITION Ad`mo*nition, n. Etym: [OE. amonicioun, OF. amonition, F. admonition, fr. L. admonitio, fr. admonere. See Admonish.] Defn: Gentle or friendly reproof; counseling against a fault or error; expression of authoritative advice; friendly caution or warning. Syn. -- Admonition, Reprehension, Reproof. Admonition is prospective, and relates to moral delinquencies; its object is to prevent further transgression. Reprehension and reproof are retrospective, the former being milder than the latter. A person of any age or station may be liable to reprehension in case of wrong conduct; but reproof is the act of a superior. It is authoritative fault-finding or censure addressed to children or to inferiors.

ADMONITIONER

ADMONITIONER Ad`mo*nition*er, n. Defn: Admonisher. [Obs.]

ADMONITIVE

ADMONITIVE Ad*moni*tive, a. Defn: Admonitory. [R.] Barrow. -- Ad*moni*tive*ly, adv.

ADMONITOR

ADMONITOR Ad*moni*tor, n. Etym: [L.] Defn: Admonisher; monitor. Conscience is at most times a very faithful and prudent admonitor. Shenstone.

ADMONITORIAL

ADMONITORIAL Ad*mon`i*tori*al, a. Defn: Admonitory. [R.] An admonitorial tone. Dickens.

ADMONITORY

ADMONITORY Ad*moni*to*ry, a. Etym: [LL. admonitorius.] Defn: That conveys admonition; warning or reproving; as, an admonitory glance. -- Ad*moni*to*ri*ly,, adv.

ADMONITRIX

ADMONITRIX Ad*moni*trix, n. Etym: [L.] Defn: A female admonitor.

ADMORTIZATION

ADMORTIZATION Ad*mor`ti*zation, n. Etym: [LL. admortizatio. Cf. Amortization.] (Law) Defn: The reducing or lands or tenements to mortmain. See Mortmain.

ADMOVE

ADMOVE Ad*move, v. t. Etym: [L. admovere. See Move.] Defn: To move or conduct to or toward. [Obs.] Sir T. Browne.

ADNASCENT

ADNASCENT Ad*nascent, a. Etym: [L. adnascens, p. pr. of adnasci to be born, grow.] Defn: Growing to or on something else. An adnascent plant. Evelyn.

ADNATE

ADNATE Adnate, a. Etym: [L. adnatus, p. p. of adnasci. See Adnascent, and cf. Agnate.] 1. (Physiol.) Defn: Grown to congenitally. 2. (Bot.) Defn: Growing together; -- said only of organic cohesion of unlike parts. An anther is adnate when fixed by its whole length to the filament. Gray. 3. (Zo?l.) Defn: Growing with one side adherent to a stem; -- a term applied to the lateral zooids of corals and other compound animals.

ADNATION

ADNATION Ad*nation, n. (Bot.) Defn: The adhesion or cohesion of different floral verticils or sets of organs.

ADNOMINAL

ADNOMINAL Ad*nomi*nal, a. Etym: [L. ad + nomen noun.] (Gram.) Defn: Pertaining to an adnoun; adjectival; attached to a noun. Gibbs. -- Ad*nomi*nal*ly, adv.

ADNOUN

ADNOUN Adnoun`, n. Etym: [Pref. ad- + noun.] (Gram.) Defn: An adjective, or attribute. [R.] Coleridge.

ADNUBILATED

ADNUBILATED Ad*nubi*la`ted, a. Etym: [L. adnubilatus, p. p. of adnubilare.] Defn: Clouded; obscured. [R.]

ADO

ADO A*do, (1) v. inf., (2) n. Etym: [OE. at do, northern form for to do. Cf. Affair.] 1. To do; in doing; as, there is nothing. What is here ado J. Newton. 2. Doing; trouble; difficulty; troublesome business; fuss; bustle; as, to make a great ado about trifles. With much ado, he partly kept awake. Dryden. Let's follow to see the end of this ado. Shak.

ADOBE

ADOBE A*dobe, n. Etym: [Sp.] Defn: An unburnt brick dried in the sun; also used as an adjective, as, an adobe house, in Texas or New Mexico.

ADOLESCENCE

ADOLESCENCE Ad`o*lescence, n. Etym: [Fr., fr. L. adolescentia.] Defn: The state of growing up from childhood to manhood or womanhood; youth, or the period of life between puberty and maturity, generally considered to be, in the male sex, from fourteen to twenty-one. Sometimes used with reference to the lower animals.

ADOLESCENCY

ADOLESCENCY Ad`o*lescen*cy, n. Defn: The quality of being adolescent; youthfulness.

ADOLESCENT

ADOLESCENT Ad`o*lescent, a. Etym: [L. adolescens, p. pr. of adolescere to grow up to; ad + the inchoative olescere to grow: cf. F. adolescent. See Adult.] Defn: Growing; advancing from childhood to maturity. Schools, unless discipline were doubly strong, Detain their adolescent charge too long. Cowper.

ADOLESCENT

ADOLESCENT Ad`o*lescent, n. Defn: A youth.

ADONAI

ADONAI Ad`o*nai, n. [Heb. adonai, lit., my lord.] Defn: A Hebrew name for God, usually translated in the Old Testament by the word Lord. The later Jews used its vowel points to fill out the tetragrammaton Yhvh, or Ihvh, the incommunicable name, and in reading substituted Adonai.

ADONEAN

ADONEAN Ad`o*nean, a. Etym: [L. Adon.] Defn: Pertaining to Adonis; Adonic. Fair Adonean Venus. Faber.

ADONIC

ADONIC A*donic, a. Etym: [F. adonique: cf. L. Adonius.] Defn: Relating to Adonis, famed for his beauty. -- n. Defn: An Adonic verse. Adonic verse, a verse consisting of a dactyl and spondee.

ADONIS

ADONIS A*donis, n. Etym: [L., gr. Gr. 1. (Gr. Myth.) Defn: A youth beloved by Venus for his beauty. He was killed in the chase by a wild boar. 2. A pre?minently beautiful young man; a dandy. 3. (Bot.) Defn: A genus of plants of the family Ranunculace?, containing the pheasaut's eye (Adonis autumnalis); -- named from Adonis, whose blood was fabled to have stained the flower.

ADONIST

ADONIST A*donist, n. Etym: [Heb. my Lords.] Defn: One who maintains that points of the Hebrew word translated Jehovah are really the vowel points of the word Adonai. See Jehovist.

ADONIZE

ADONIZE Ado*nize, v. t. Etym: [Cf. F. adoniser, fr. Adonis.] Defn: To beautify; to dandify. I employed three good hours at least in adjusting and adonozing myself. Smollett.

ADOOR; ADOORS

ADOOR; ADOORS A*door, A*doors, Defn: At the door; of the door; as, out adoors. Shak. I took him in adoors. Vicar's Virgil (1630).

ADOPT

ADOPT A*dopt, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Adopted; p. pr. & vb. n. Adopting.] Etym: [L. adoptare; ad + optare to choose, desire: cf. F. adopter. See Option.] 1. To take by choice into relationship, as, child, heir, friend, citizen, etc. ; esp. to take voluntarily (a child of other parents) to be in the place of, or as, one's own child. 2. To take or receive as one's own what is not so naturally; to select and take or approve; as, to adopt the view or policy of another; these resolutions were adopted.

ADOPTABLE

ADOPTABLE A*dopta*ble, a. Defn: Capable of being adopted.

ADOPTED

ADOPTED A*dopted, a. Defn: Taken by adoption; taken up as one's own; as, an adopted son, citizen, country, word. -- A*dopted*ly, adv.

ADOPTER

ADOPTER A*dopter, n. 1. One who adopts. 2. (Chem.) Defn: A receiver, with two necks, opposite to each other, one of which admits the neck of a retort, and the other is joined to another receiver. It is used in distillations, to give more space to elastic vapors, to increase the length of the neck of a retort, or to unite two vessels whose openings have different diameters. [Written also adapter.]

ADOPTION

ADOPTION A*doption, n. Etym: [L. adoptio, allied to adoptare to adopt: cf. F. adoption.] 1. The act of adopting, or state of being adopted; voluntary acceptance of a child of other parents to be the same as one's own child. 2. Admission to a more intimate relation; reception; as, the adoption of persons into hospitals or monasteries, or of one society into another. 3. The choosing and making that to be one's own which originally was not so; acceptance; as, the adoption of opinions. Jer. Taylor.

ADOPTIONIST

ADOPTIONIST A*doption*ist, n. (Eccl. Hist.) Defn: One of a sect which maintained that Christ was the Son of God not by nature but by adoption.

ADOPTIOUS

ADOPTIOUS A*doptious, a. Defn: Adopted. [Obs.]

ADOPTIVE

ADOPTIVE A*doptive, a. Etym: [L. adoptivus: cf. F. adoptif.] Defn: Pertaining to adoption; made or acquired by adoption; fitted to adopt; as, an adoptive father, an child; an adoptive language. -- A*doptive*ly, adv.

ADORABILITY

ADORABILITY A*dor`a*bili*ty, n. Defn: Adorableness.

ADORABLE

ADORABLE A*dora*ble, a. Etym: [L. adorabilis, fr. adorare: cf. F. adorable.] 1. Deserving to be adored; worthy of divine honors. The adorable Author of Christianity. Cheyne. 2. Worthy of the utmost love or respect.

ADORABLENESS

ADORABLENESS A*dora*ble*ness, n. Defn: The quality of being adorable, or worthy of adoration. Johnson.

ADORABLY

ADORABLY A*dora*bly, adv. Defn: In an adorable manner.

ADORATION

ADORATION Ad`o*ration, n. Etym: [L. adoratio, fr. adorare: cf. F. adoration.] 1. The act of playing honor to a divine being; the worship paid to God; the act of addressing as a god. The more immediate objects of popular adoration amongst the heathens were deified human beings. Farmer. 2. Homage paid to one in high esteem; profound veneration; intense regard and love; fervent devotion. 3. A method of electing a pope by the expression of homage from two thirds of the conclave. [Pole] might have been chosen on the spot by adoration. Froude.

ADORE

ADORE A*dore, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Adored; p. pr. & vb. n. Adoring.] Etym: [OE. aouren, anouren, adoren, OF. aorer, adorer, F. adorer, fr. L. adorare; ad + orare to speak, pray, os, oris, mouth. In OE. confused with honor, the French prefix a- being confused with OE. a, an, on. See Oral.] 1. To worship with profound reverence; to pay divine honors to; to honor as deity or as divine. Bishops and priests, . . . bearing the host, which he [James adored. Smollett. 2. To love in the highest degree; to regard with the utmost esteem and affection; to idolize. The great mass of the population abhorred Popery and adored Montouth. Macaulay.

ADORE

ADORE A*dore, v. t. Defn: To adorn. [Obs.] Congealed little drops which do the morn adore. Spenser.

ADOREMENT

ADOREMENT A*dorement, n. Defn: The act of adoring; adoration. [Obs.] Sir T. Browne.

ADORER

ADORER A*dorer, n. Defn: One who adores; a worshiper; one who admires or loves greatly; an ardent admirer. An adorer of truth. Clarendon. I profess myself her adorer, not her friend. Shak.

ADORINGLY

ADORINGLY A*doring*ly, adv. Defn: With adoration.

ADORN

ADORN A*dorn, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Adorned; p. pr. & vb. n. Adorning.] Etym: [OE. aournen, anournen, adornen, OF. aorner, fr. L. aaornare; ad + ornare to furnish, embellish. See Adore, Ornate.] Defn: To deck or dress with ornaments; to embellish; to set off to advantage; to render pleasing or attractive. As a bride adorneth herself with her jewels. Isa. lxi. 10. At church, with meek and unaffected grace, His looks adorned the venerable place. Goldsmith. Syn. -- To deck; decorate; embellish; ornament; beautify; grace; dignify; exalt; honor. -- To Adorn, Ornament, Decorate, Embellish. We decorate and ornament by putting on some adjunct which is attractive or beautiful, and which serves to heighten the general effect. Thus, a lady's head- dress may be ornament or decorated with flowers or jewelry; a hall may be decorated or ornament with carving or gilding, with wreaths of flowers, or with hangings. Ornament is used in a wider sense than decorate. To embellish is to beautify or ornament richly, not so much by mere additions or details as by modifying the thing itself as a whole. It sometimes means gaudy and artificial decoration. We embellish a book with rich engravings; a style is embellished with rich and beautiful imagery; a shopkeeper embellishes his front window to attract attention. Adorn is sometimes identical with decorate, as when we say, a lady was adorned with jewels. In other cases, it seems to imply something more. Thus, we speak of a gallery of paintings as adorned with the works of some of the great masters, or adorned with noble statuary and columns. Here decorated and ornamented would hardly be appropriate. There is a value in these works of genius beyond mere show and ornament. Adorn may be used of what is purely moral; as, a character adorned with every Christian grace. Here neither decorate, nor ornament, nor embellish is proper.

ADORN

ADORN A*dorn, n. Defn: Adornment. [Obs.] Spenser.

ADORN

ADORN A*dorn, a. Defn: Adorned; decorated. [Obs.] Milton.

ADORNATION

ADORNATION Ad`or*nation, n. Defn: Adornment. [Obs.]

ADORNER

ADORNER A*dorner, n. Defn: He who, or that which, adorns; a beautifier.

ADORNINGLY

ADORNINGLY A*dorning*ly, adv. Defn: By adorning; decoratively.

ADORNMENT

ADORNMENT A*dornment, n. Etym: [Cf. OF. adornement. See Adorn.] Defn: An adorning; an ornament; a decoration.

ADOSCULATION

ADOSCULATION Ad*oscu*lation, n. Etym: [L. adosculari, adosculatum, to kiss. See Osculate.] (Biol.) Defn: Impregnation by external contact, without intromission.

ADOWN

ADOWN A*down, adv. Etym: [OE. adun, adoun, adune. AS. of dune off the hill. See Down.] Defn: From a higher to a lower situation; downward; down, to or on the ground. [Archaic] Thrice did she sink adown. Spenser.

ADOWN

ADOWN A*down, prep. Defn: Down. [Archaic & Poetic] Her hair adown her shoulders loosely lay displayed. Prior.

ADPRESS

ADPRESS Ad*press, v. t. Etym: [L. adpressus, p. p. of adprimere.] Defn: See Appressed. -- Ad*pressed,, a.

ADRAD

ADRAD A*drad, p. a. Etym: [P. p. of adread.] Defn: Put in dread; afraid. [Obs.] Chaucer.

ADRAGANT

ADRAGANT Adra*gant, n. Etym: [F., a corruption of tragacanth.] Defn: Gum tragacanth. Brande & C.

ADREAD

ADREAD A*dread, v. t. & i. Etym: [AS. andr?dan, ondr?; pref. a- (for and against) + dr?den to dread. See Dread.] Defn: To dread. [Obs.] Sir P. Sidney.

ADREAMED

ADREAMED A*dreamed, p. p. Defn: Visited by a dream; -- used in the phrase, To be adreamed, to dream. [Obs.]

ADRENAL

ADRENAL Ad*renal, a. Etym: [Pref. ad- + renal.] (Anat.) Defn: Suprarenal.

ADRENALINE; ADRENALIN

ADRENALINE; ADRENALIN Ad*renal*ine, n. Also Ad*renal*in. (Physiol. Chem.) Defn: A crystalline substance, C9H13O3N, obtained from suprarenal extract, of which it is regarded as the active principle. It is used in medicine as a stimulant and hemostatic.

ADRIAN

ADRIAN Adri*an, a. Etym: [L. Hadrianus.] Defn: Pertaining to the Adriatic Sea; as, Adrian billows.

ADRIATIC

ADRIATIC A`dri*atic, a. Etym: [L. Adriaticus, Hadriaticus, fr. Adria or Hadria, a town of the Veneti.] Defn: Of or pertaining to a sea so named, the northwestern part of which is known as the Gulf of Venice.

ADRIFT

ADRIFT A*drift, adv. & a. Etym: [Pref. a- (for on) + drift.] Defn: Floating at random; in a drifting condition; at the mercy of wind and waves. Also fig. So on the sea shall be set adrift. Dryden. Were from their daily labor turned adrift. Wordsworth.

ADRIP

ADRIP A*drip, adv. & a. Etym: [Pref. a- in + drip.] Defn: In a dripping state; as, leaves all adrip. D. G. Mitchell.

ADROGATE

ADROGATE Adro*gate, v. t. Etym: [See Arrogate.] (Rom. Law) Defn: To adopt (a person who is his own master).

ADROGATION

ADROGATION Ad`ro*gation, n. Etym: [L. adrogatio, arrogatio, fr. adrogare. See Arrogate.] (Rom. Law) Defn: A kind of adoption in ancient Rome. See Arrogation.

ADROIT

ADROIT A*droit, a. Etym: [F. adroit; ? (L. ad) = droit straight, right, fr. L. directus, p. p. of dirigere. See Direct.] Defn: Dexterous in the use of the hands or in the exercise of the mental faculties; exhibiting skill and readiness in avoiding danger or escaping difficulty; ready in invention or execution; -- applied to persons and to acts; as, an adroit mechanic, an adroit reply. Adroit in the application of the telescope and quadrant. Horsley. He was adroit in intrigue. Macaulay. Syn. -- Dexterous; skillful; expert; ready; clever; deft; ingenious; cunning; ready-witted.

ADROITLY

ADROITLY A*droitly, adv. Defn: In an adroit manner.

ADROITNESS

ADROITNESS A*droitness, n. Defn: The quality of being adroit; skill and readiness; dexterity. Adroitness was as requisite as courage. Motley. Syn. -- See Skill.

ADRY

ADRY A*dry, a. Etym: [Pref. a- (for on) + dry.] Defn: In a dry or thirsty condition. A man that is adry. Burton.

ADSCITITIOUS

ADSCITITIOUS Ad`sci*titious, a. Etym: [L. adscitus, p. p. of adsciscere, asciscere, to take knowingly; ad + sciscere to seek to know, approve, scire to know.] Defn: Supplemental; additional; adventitious; ascititious. Adscititious evidence. Bowring. -- Ad`sci*titious*ly, adv.

ADSCRIPT

ADSCRIPT Adscript, a. Etym: [L. adscriptus, p. p. of adscribere to enroll. See Ascribe.] Defn: Held to service as attached to the soil; -- said of feudal serfs.

ADSCRIPT

ADSCRIPT Adscript, n. Defn: One held to service as attached to the glebe or estate; a feudal serf. Bancroft.

ADSCRIPTIVE

ADSCRIPTIVE Ad*scriptive, a.Etym: [L. adscriptivus. See Adscript.] Defn: Attached or annexed to the glebe or estate and transferable with it. Brougham.

ADSIGNIFICATION

ADSIGNIFICATION Ad*sig`ni*fi*cation, n. Defn: Additional signification. [R.] Tooke.

ADSIGNIFY

ADSIGNIFY Ad*signi*fy, v. t. Etym: [L. adsignificare to show.] Defn: To denote additionally. [R.] Tooke.

ADSTRICT

ADSTRICT Ad*strict, v. t. -- Ad*striction, n. Defn: See Astrict, and Astriction.

ADSTRICTORY

ADSTRICTORY Ad*stricto*ry, a. Defn: See Astrictory.

ADSTRINGENT

ADSTRINGENT Ad*stringent, a. Defn: See Astringent.

ADSUKI BEAN

ADSUKI BEAN Ad*suki bean. [Jap. adzuki.] Defn: A cultivated variety of the Asiatic gram, now introduced into the United States.

ADULARIA

ADULARIA Ad`u*lari*a, n. Etym: [From Adula, a mountain peak in Switzerland, where fine specimens are found.] (Min.) Defn: A transparent or translucent variety of common feldspar, or orthoclase, which often shows pearly opalescent reflections; -- called by lapidaries moonstone.

ADULATE

ADULATE Adu*late, v. t. Etym: [L. adulatus, p. p. of adulari.] Defn: To flatter in a servile way. Byron.

ADULATION

ADULATION Ad`u*lation, n. Etym: [F. adulation, fr. L. adulatio, fr. adulari, adulatum, to flatter.] Defn: Servile flattery; praise in excess, or beyond what is merited. Think'st thou the fiery fever will go out With titles blown from adulation Shak. Syn. -- Sycophancy; cringing; fawning; obsequiousness; blandishment. -- Adulation, Flattery, Compliment. Men deal in compliments from a desire to please; they use flattery either from undue admiration, or a wish to gratify vanity; they practice adulation from sordid motives, and with a mingled spirit of falsehood and hypocrisy. Compliment may be a sincere expression of due respect and esteem, or it may be unmeaning; flattery is apt to become gross; adulation is always servile, and usually fulsome.

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