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laud

[lawd] /lɔd/
verb (used with object)
1.
to praise; extol.
noun
2.
a song or hymn of praise.
3.
lauds, (used with a singular or plural verb) Ecclesiastical. a canonical hour, marked especially by psalms of praise, usually recited with matins.
Origin of laud
1300-1350
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),
noun
overlaud, verb (used with object)
unlauded, adjective
Synonyms
1. applaud, honor.
Antonyms
1. censure.
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  • Numerous panegyrics and epigrams were composed, lauding her in most exalted terms.

    Greek Women Mitchell Carroll
  • Let no one suspect me of lauding the mockery of virtue in what I say here.

    Jack Hinton Charles James Lever
  • In every precinct and ward there are persons going about lauding one party and crying down the other.

  • For this exploit the ragamuffin is lauding him to the skies.

  • Were you lauding the taste of my embroidery, Maister Maxwell?

    The Fortunes of Nigel Sir Walter Scott
British Dictionary definitions for lauding

laud

/lɔːd/
verb
1.
(transitive) to praise or glorify
noun
2.
praise or glorification
Derived Forms
lauder, noun
Word Origin
C14: vb from Latin laudāre; n from laudēs, pl of Latin laus praise

Laud

/lɔːd/
noun
1.
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 lauding

laud

v.

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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