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Love extremely avid speech (9)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

adoration

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Here is my best explanation:

'love' is the definition.
(thesaurus)

'extremely avid speech' is the wordplay.
'extremely' suggests removing the centre.
'speech' becomes 'oration' (oration is a kind of speech**).
'avid' with its centre taken out is 'ad'.
'ad'+'oration'='ADORATION'

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This clue was last seen in The Telegraph

(Other definitions for adoration that I've seen before include "Veneration", "high esteem", "Worship, veneration", "Praise", "Hero-worship", "high regard", "Honour", "enormous respect", "passionate allegiance" and "holding someone up a lot".)

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