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laudatory

[law-duh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈlɔ dəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/
adjective
1.
containing or expressing praise:
overwhelmed by the speaker's laudatory remarks.
Also, laudative.
Origin
1545-1555
1545-55; < Late Latin laudātōrius, equivalent to laudā(re) to laud + -tōrius -tory1
Related forms
laudatorily, adverb
overlaudatory, adjective
self-laudatory, adjective
unlaudative, adjective
unlaudatory, adjective
Can be confused
laudable, laudatory.
Synonyms
adulatory, complimentary, commendatory.
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Examples for laudatory
  • Centennial celebrations of songwriters and performers tend to be laudatory.
  • While this laudatory initiative has great potential, some might worry about its conspicuous absences.
  • In the next few years, many laudatory stories were written about this company's seemingly marvellous approach to risk management.
  • But this mental tintinnabulation was exacerbated by the roar of unwelcome laudatory correspondence.
  • It has since emerged that there was no such laudatory letter.
  • The school wrote a sheaf of laudatory case studies about the company.
  • Even some laudatory movies show scientists as somewhat emotionally detached.
  • She was feted and laudatory speeches were made everywhere she went.
  • In each case, the evaluations by the audience were highly laudatory.
  • But the conference also had an unusually laudatory tone.
British Dictionary definitions for laudatory

laudatory

/ˈlɔːdətərɪ; -trɪ/
adjective
1.
expressing or containing praise; eulogistic
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Word Origin and History for laudatory
adj.

1550s, from Middle French laudatoire and directly from Late Latin laudatorius, from Latin laudare (see laud).

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