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cum laude

[koo m lou-dey, -duh, -dee; kuhm law-dee] /kʊm ˈlaʊ deɪ, -də, -di; kʌm ˈlɔ di/
with honor: used in diplomas to grant the lowest of three special honors for grades above the average.
Origin of cum laude
1890-95, Americanism; < Latin: with praise Unabridged
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cum laude

/kʌm ˈlɔːdɪ; kʊm ˈlaʊdeɪ/
(mainly US) with praise: the lowest of three designations for above-average achievement in examinations Compare magna cum laude, summa cum laude
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cum laude

1872, originally at Harvard, from Medieval Latin, literally "with praise," from Latin cum "with" + laude, ablative of laus (genitive laudis) "praise" (see laud). Probably from earlier use (in Latin) at Heidelberg and other German universities.

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