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[lawd] /lɔd/
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
Related forms
lauder, laudator
[law-dey-ter] /ˈlɔ deɪ tər/ (Show IPA),
overlaud, verb (used with object)
unlauded, adjective
1. applaud, honor.
1. censure. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for lauded
  • To further compound the situation, both of these professors have been lauded by students.
  • It has sought to unravel its predecessor's lauded health and pension reforms, and to put more restrictions on retailers.
  • Solar energy is lauded as an inexhaustible fuel source that is pollution and often noise free.
  • Once dismissed as a reckless fiscal sop, the scheme is now lauded as a timely fiscal stimulus.
  • Yet even while lauded as a model for others, the scheme is failing at home.
  • For unknown authors, however, it did not matter whether a book was panned or lauded.
  • The campaign lauded for its brilliant primary campaign would be seen as naive.
  • The fountain, lauded by some for its technological innovation, has also been criticized for clashing with the park's aesthetic.
  • They do believe them, as people believe what they have always heard lauded and never discussed.
  • Captive breeding has long been lauded as the potential savior for many species that are threatened with extinction.
British Dictionary definitions for lauded


(transitive) to praise or glorify
praise or glorification
Derived Forms
lauder, noun
Word Origin
C14: vb from Latin laudāre; n from laudēs, pl of Latin laus praise


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 and History for lauded



late 14c., from Old French lauder "praise, extol," from Latin laudare "to praise, commend, honor, extol, eulogize," from laus (genitive laudis) "praise, fame glory." Probably cognate with Old English leoð "song, poem, hymn," from Proto-Germanic *leuthan (cf. Old Norse ljoð "strophe," German Lied "song," Gothic liuþon "to praise"), and from an echoic PIE root *leu-. Related: Lauded; lauding.

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