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Love a girl, sadly not one to be embraced (9)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

adoration

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Here is my best explanation:

'love' is the definition.
(thesaurus)

'a girl sadly not one to be embraced' is the wordplay.
'a girl' becomes 'adora' (**).
'sadly' indicates an anagram.
'one' becomes 'i' (Roman numeral).
'to be embraced' is an insertion indicator.
'not'+'i'='noti'
'noti' anagrammed gives 'tion'.
'adora' inserted into 'tion' is 'ADORATION'.

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This clue was last seen in The Telegraph

(Other definitions for adoration that I've seen before include "Praise", "Deep love and respect", "praise", "Honour", "high esteem", "enormous respect", "Hero-worship", "worship", "Intense love" and "Feeling of profound love".)

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