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admiration

noun
     
ad‧mi‧ra‧tion [uncountable]
a feeling of great respect and liking for something or someone
in admiration
Daniel gazed at her in admiration.
admiration for
I'm full of admiration for the crew who handled this crisis.
admiration of
Her riding soon drew the admiration of the older girls.
grudging/sneaking admiration (=that you do not really want to feel or express)
Despite her annoyance, she couldn't help feeling a grudging admiration for him.

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