verb (used with object)
to praise; extol.
a song or hymn of praise.
lauds, (used with a singular or plural verb) Ecclesiastical. a canonical hour, marked especially by psalms of praise, usually recited with matins.

1300–50; (v.) Middle English lauden < Latin laudāre to praise, derivative of laus (stem laud-) praise; (noun) Middle English laude, back formation from laudes (plural) < Late Latin, special use of plural of Latin laus praise

lauder, laudator [law-dey-ter] , noun
overlaud, verb (used with object)
unlauded, adjective

1. applaud, honor.

1. censure. Unabridged
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laud (lɔːd)
1.  (tr) to praise or glorify
2.  praise or glorification
[C14: vb from Latin laudāre; n from laudēs, pl of Latin laus praise]

Laud (lɔːd)
William. 1573--1645, English prelate; archbishop of Canterbury (1633--45). His persecution of Puritans and his High Church policies in England and Scotland were a cause of the Civil War; he was impeached by the Long Parliament (1640) and executed

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., from O.Fr. lauder, from L. laudere "to praise," from laus (gen. laudis) "praise, fame glory." Cognate with O.E. leoð "song, poem, hymn," from P.Gmc. *leuthan (cf. O.N. ljoð "strophe," Ger. Lied "song," Goth. liuþon "to praise"). Related: Laudatory.
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Example sentences
Commentary has ranged from lauding the study as groundbreaking to criticizing it as an example of poor science.
But there's a difference between praising their efforts and lauding the outcomes.
Another point: don't go looking for the ego boost of family and friends lauding your efforts.
Slippery slope of lauding questionable methods using illogic and false data as long as the results are good.
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