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Related to adulator: egotist


tr.v. ad·u·lat·ed, ad·u·lat·ing, ad·u·lates
To praise or admire excessively; fawn on.

[Back-formation from adulation.]

ad′u·la′tor n.
ad′u·la·to′ry (-lə-tôr′ē) adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.adulator - a person who uses flatteryadulator - a person who uses flattery    
follower - a person who accepts the leadership of another
ass-kisser, crawler, sycophant, toady, lackey - a person who tries to please someone in order to gain a personal advantage


One who flatters another excessively:
Informal: apple-polisher.
References in classic literature ?
But their good sense would despise the adulator who should pretend that they always REASON RIGHT about the MEANS of promoting it.
Great surprise was painted on all the countenances, and the circle of adulators and suppliants which surrounded Monk an instant before, was enlarged by degrees, and ended by being lost in the large undulations of the crowd.
The leader of Colombia's ultraright said that the president "has become an adulator of Castro-Chavismo and a great defender of the Venezuelan dictatorship, which is taking the same path as the Cuban dictatorship.
The comment came as quite a surprise because I had only just met the adulator and I was currently in the process of scooping some soft wax out of her 2-year-old's ear with a curette.
Who is most credible: adulator Petraeus (Betray-us)?
Qui pelago credit, magno se faenore tollit; Qui pugnas et castra petit, praecingitur auro; vilis adulator picto iacet ebrius ostro, Et qui sollicitat nuptas, adpraemia peccat: Sola pruinosis horret facundia pannis, atque inopi lingua desertas invocat artes.
As a result Bonington found himself in Paris in 1818, enrolled and drawing from the antique in the studio of Antoine-Jean Gros, a time-server and oddly romanticising Neoclassicist, whose unusual career began as an adulator of Napoleon and ended with his fresco on the dome of the Pantheon in Paris of the apotheosis of the restored Bourbon monarchy, for which King Charles X made him a Baron.
But their good sense would despise the adulator who should pretend that they always reason right about the means of promoting it.
9) He also realized their suitability to the sixteenth-century European system of patronage, especially the practice of gift-giving, and presented three Latin translations of essays from the Moralia to English patrons in the form of manuscript gift books: De tuenda sanitate praecepta (Advice on Health) to the rising diplomat John Yonge as a New Year's gift on 1 January 1513; Quomodo adulator ab amico internoscatur (How to Distinguish Friends from Flatterers) to Henry VIII in July 1513; and De capienda ex inimicis utilitate (How to Profit from your Enemies) to Thomas Wolsey as a New Year's present in 1514.
But there always has been a difference between the conservative and the mere adulator of authority, between one who seeks the best for the nation, and one who seeks maximum power for one's faction or nation, whatever the cost to its true nature.
Against a physician, Petrarch fulminates: "In the hope of a little vile gain, you frequent the latrines of both popes and paupers" branding him "an insincere and disgusting adulator," "a cold viper" "an industrious mouse" a "mercenary mechanic," a lunatic and a fool, and--unkindest cut of all--a hoopoe.