ADMIRATION—Delight in contemplation of an object involving (a) a standard,
comparison, (c) sense of agreeable feeling, attracting the mind towards the
object awakening such feeling. "We shall find that admiration is as superior to
surprise and wonder, simply considered, as knowledge is superior to ignorance;
for its appropriate signification is that act of the mind by which we discover,
approve, and enjoy some unusual species of excellence" (Cogan, On the Passions,
pt. I. ch. II; Buckle, History of Civilisation, II. 188).