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Admire (verb active)

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To Admi're. v.a. [admiro, Lat. admirer, Fr.]

  1. To regard with wonder; generally in a good sense.

    'Tis here that knowledge wonders, and there is an admiration that is not the daughter of ignorance. This indeed stupidly gazeth at the unwonted effect; but the philosophic passion truly admires and adores the supreme efficient. Glanville.

  2. It is sometimes used, in more familiar speech, for to regard with love.

  3. It is used, but rarely, in an ill sense.

    You have displac'd the mirth, broke the good meeting
    With most admir'd disorder.
    Shakesp. Macbeth.

Sources: Glanvill, Joseph (53) · Shakespeare's Macbeth (136)

Attributes: French (385) · Latin (690) · Verb Active (289)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Admire (verb active)." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: May 21, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=13758.


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