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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
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.
Gli uomini che compongono le corti si distinguono per una serie di vizi e di azioni disoneste: presso i signori dominano le false promesse, le vane "parole", le continue "bugie", l'"invidia", gli "adulator", il "Dispetto", la "Ingiuria", il "Tradimento", l'"Avaritia" (233.2, 6, 8, 10, 12, 13 e 14).
In his increasing isolation, Uribe attacked Santos, saying that he "is developing a policy that many of us view with panic." 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.
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.
Ruskin to Hazlitt's fair herd of literary children." (1) Yet Saintsbury is no adulator, and is as ready to assert Hazlitt's faults ("He screams, he foams at the mouth, he gnashes and tears and kicks....