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


William, 1573–1645, archbishop of Canterbury and opponent of Puritanism: executed for treason. 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
But the living can praise thee, even those who stumble can laud thee.
They also laud his decision not to edit items or remove them from his archive, no matter how much pressure he receives.
It is helpful to laud or condemn trends that result from conscious decisions freely arrived at.
Governor's workforce awards laud individual, agency excellence.
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