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

Ross

I believe the answer is:

adoration

Here is my best explanation:

'love' is the definition.

(I've seen this before)

'a girl sadly not one to be embraced' is the subsidiary indication.

'girl' becomes 'dora' (**).

'sadly' indicates anagramming the letters.

'one' becomes 'i' (roman numeral).

'to be embraced' means one lot of letters goes inside another.

'not'+'i'='noti'

'noti' with letters rearranged gives 'tion'.

'dora' placed inside 'tion' is 'doration'.

'a'+'doration'='adoration'

This clue was last seen in The Telegraph

(Other definitions for adoration that I've seen before include "Veneration", "Not a radio (anag.)", "Love", "Worship, veneration", "Hero-worship", "Deep love and respect", "Great affection" and "Feeling of profound love".)

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