admire
\ \ [16] Admire has rather run out of steam since it first entered the language. It comes originally from the same Latin source as marvel and miracle, and from the 16th to the 18th centuries it meant ‘marvel at’ or ‘be astonished’.
\ \ Its weaker modern connotations of ‘esteem’ or ‘approval’, however, have been present since the beginning, and have gradually ousted the more exuberant expressions of wonderment. It is not clear whether English borrowed the word from French admirer or directly from its source, Latin admīrārī, literally ‘wonder at’, a compound verb formed from ad- and mīrārīwonder’.
\ \ Cf.MARVEL, MIRACLE

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  • Admire — Ad*mire , v. i. To wonder; to marvel; to be affected with surprise; sometimes with at. [1913 Webster] To wonder at Pharaoh, and even admire at myself. Fuller. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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