praise


praise
praise, laud, acclaim, extol, eulogize mean to express approbation or esteem.
Praise often implies no more than warmly expressed commendation
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what we admire we praise, and when we praise, advance it into notice— Cowper

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When specifically referred to persons, it frequently suggests the judgment of a superior
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praise a pupil for his diligence

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he's given you every encouragement. He's praised you to the skies— Wouky

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However, it is also used in reference to God or a god or to a saint; then it implies glorification by such acts of homage as song or prayer
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praise God from whom all blessings flow— Ken

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Laud implies high, sometimes excessive, praise
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history written by the conqueror, lauding to the skies the victories of its sublime troopsAmericas

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both of the writers lauded highly . . . contemporaries who were certainly no better than middling performers in their several arts— Montague

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Acclaim usually suggests enthusiastic and public expression of approval
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he was acclaimed not only in his own country but throughout the civilized world— Heiser

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a new British film that has been widely acclaimed by the critics and public as a classic of its kind— Gillett

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Extol retains its original implication of lifting up or raising and suggests praise that exalts or magnifies
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extol the Lamb with loftiest song, ascend for him our cheerful strain— R. A. West

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It is often used when a contrast between approbation or esteem and their opposites is enforced
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an age must always decry itself and extol its forbears— Galsworthy

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Eulogize, sometimes interchangeable with extol, may differ from it in implying formality both in the method and in the occasion; very frequently it suggests a set composition or oration (eulogy)suitable for a funeral or testimonial
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he eulogized constitutional government as immeasurably superior to des-potism— Lecky

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one of those rare days in June eulogized by poets— Barkins

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Analogous words: *commend, applaud, compliment: *exalt, magnify, aggrandize
Antonyms: blame
Contrasted words: asperse, *malign, traduce, vilify, calumniate, defame, libel: disparage, *decry, detract, belittle: reprehend, reprobate, censure, denounce, *criticize

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  • Praise — Praise, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Praised}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Praising}.] [OE. preisen, OF. preisier, prisier, F. priser, L. pretiare to prize, fr. pretium price. See {Price}, n., and cf. {Appreciate}, {Praise}, n., {Prize}, v.] 1. To commend; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Praise — Praise, n. [OE. preis, OF. preis price, worth, value, estimation. See {Praise}, v., {Price}.] 1. Commendation for worth; approval expressed; honor rendered because of excellence or worth; laudation; approbation. [1913 Webster] There are men who… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • praise — [prāz] vt. praised, praising [ME praisen < OFr preisier < LL pretiare < L pretium, worth, PRICE] 1. Obs. to set a price on; appraise 2. to commend the worth of; express approval or admiration of 3. to laud the glory of (God, etc.), as in …   English World dictionary

  • praise — ► VERB 1) express warm approval of or admiration for. 2) express respect and gratitude towards (a deity). ► NOUN 1) the expression of approval or admiration. 2) the expression of respect and gratitude as an act of worship. ● praise be Cf. ↑ …   English terms dictionary

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  • praise — I noun acclaim, acclamation, accolade, admiration, adulation, advocacy, applause, appreciation, approbation, approval, celebration, commendation, compliment, congratulation, credit, deserved tribute, distinction, encomium, estimation, exaltation …   Law dictionary

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