early 15c., "wonder," from Middle French admiration (14c.) or directly from Latin admirationem (nominative admiratio) "a wondering at, admiration," noun of state from past participle stem of admirari "admire," from ad- "at" (see ad-) + mirari "to wonder," from mirus "wonderful" (see miracle). The sense has weakened steadily since 16c.
1. She is full of admiration for the head and teachers.
2. The paintings she produced in those months won undivided admiration.
3. He won admiration for his forensic skills in cross-examining ministers.
4. He ducked his head to hide his admiration.
5. Her athleticism drew the admiration of the crowd.