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(Latin: ulos, "tail")

adulate (verb), adulates; adulated; adulating
To show excess devotion to someone or to express obsequious admiration by making a big fuss about the person: Sam was overdoing it when he adulated on and on about his supervisor during the business meeting.
To flatter or to over praise.
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adulation (ad yoo LAY shuhn, ad yuh LAY shuhn) (s) (noun), adulations (pl)
1. Excessive flattery, praise, or admiration beyond normal; especially, when done in a servile way: In hopes of getting a substantial raise, Manfred sent his boss a flattering e-mail filled with adulations and an invitation to go for a coffee break together.
2. Abject adoration or great admiration and praise: The critic expressed her adulation and enthusiasm in the local newspaper regarding the dramatic production at the local theater last weekend.
3. Etymology: from Latin adulationem and adulatio, "a fawning; great flattery", a noun of action from aduliari, "to gratify the vanity of"; from ad-, "to" + ulos, "tail".

If you were to imagine a dog wagging its tail to get a treat or to show a lot of friendly behavior, you're thinking is correct. Adulation is considered to be one of the more doglike characteristics of human behavior.

Extravagant praise.
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Hypocritical praise and fawning.
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Excessive praise or flattery.
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adulator (s) (noun), adulators (pl)
A person who uses flattery and clich├ęs or superficial compliments in order to please another person or a group of people: "After an adulator introduced a politician with many complimentary words of praise, the candidate stood up and told the audience that after hearing so many wonderful things about him, he could hardly wait to hear himself start his speech."
adulatory (adjective), more adulatory, most adulatory
Descriptive of a tendency to insincerely praise someone with flattery and being excessively willing to do almost anything to please that person: Often when foreign officials meet, there is a tendency to exchange adulatory comments that are full of platitudes or overused words and insincere praise.
Containing excessive praise.
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