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[ik-stohl, -stol] /ɪkˈstoʊl, -ˈstɒl/
verb (used with object), extolled, extolling.
to praise highly; laud; eulogize:
to extol the beauty of Naples.
Origin of extol
1350-1400; Middle English extollen < Latin extollere to lift up, raise, equivalent to ex- ex-1 + tollere to lift, raise up
Related forms
extoller, noun
extollingly, adverb
extolment, extollment, noun
self-extolled, adjective
superextol, verb (used with object), superextolled, superextolling.
superextoll, verb (used with object)
unextolled, adjective
glorify, exalt, celebrate.
disparage. Unabridged
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  • Culture then is the extolment of our being, the formation of our spirit, or better, its liberation and its beatification.

    The Reform of Education Giovanni Gentile
  • It is not possible to conceive knowledge otherwise than as living knowledge, and as the extolment of our 109 own personality.

    The Reform of Education Giovanni Gentile
British Dictionary definitions for extolment


verb -tols, -tolling, -tolled (US) -tolls, -tolling, -tolled
(transitive) to praise lavishly; exalt
Derived Forms
extoller, noun
extollingly, adverb
extolment, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin extollere to elevate, from tollere to raise
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Word Origin and History for extolment



also extoll, c.1400, "to lift up," from Latin extollere "to place on high, raise, elevate," figuratively "to exalt, praise," from ex- "up" (see ex-) + tollere "to raise," from PIE *tel-, *tol- "to bear, carry" (cf. Greek talantos "bearing, suffering," tolman "to carry, bear," telamon "broad strap for bearing something," Atlas "the 'Bearer' of Heaven;" Lithuanian tiltas "bridge;" Sanskrit tula "balance," tulayati "lifts up, weighs;" Latin tolerare "to bear, support," latus "borne;" Old English þolian "to endure;" Armenian tolum "I allow"). Figurative sense of "praise highly" in English is first attested c.1500. Related: Extolled; extolling.

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