Definition: (1) deserving the highest esteem; a person who inspires approval or respect; (2) worthy of emulation in character or quality

Synonyms: choice, excellent, magnificent, pleasing, worthy

Derivation: Latin, “to wonder”

Comment: Definition number (2) may need some explanation. This is hero worship. When someone appreciates another person to the point of wanting to be like them, they often mimic their behavior. By attempting to copy the admired person’s positive qualities; they are personalizing those values they actually bring into their soul.