Adora'tion. n.s. [adoratio, Lat.]
- The external homage paid to the Divinity, distinct from mental reverence.
Solemn and serviceable worship we name, for distinction sake, whatsoever belongeth to the church, or publick society, of God, by way of external adoration. Hooker, b. v. § 4.
It is possible to suppose, that those who believe a supreme excellent Being, may yet give him no external adoration at all. Stillingfleet's Defence of Discourses on Rom. Idolatry.
- Homage paid to persons in high place or esteem.
O ceremony, shew me but thy worth:
What is thy toll, O adoration!
Art thou nought else, but place, degree, and form,
Creating awe and fear in other men?
Wherein thou art less happy, being fear'd,
Than they in fearing.
What drink'st thou oft, instead of homage sweet,
But poison'd ﬂattery? Shakespeare's Henry V.