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[preyz] /preɪz/
the act of expressing approval or admiration; commendation; laudation.
the offering of grateful homage in words or song, as an act of worship:
a hymn of praise to God.
the state of being approved or admired:
The king lived in praise for many years.
Archaic. a ground for praise, or a merit.
verb (used with object), praised, praising.
to express approval or admiration of; commend; extol.
to offer grateful homage to (God or a deity), as in words or song.
sing someone's praises, to praise someone publicly and enthusiastically:
He is always singing his wife's praises.
Origin of praise
1175-1225; (v.) Middle English preisen < Old French preisier to value, prize < Late Latin pretiāre, derivative of Latin pretium price, worth, reward; (noun) Middle English, derivative of the v.; see prize2
Related forms
praiseful, adjective
praisefully, adverb
praiseless, adjective
praiser, noun
half-praised, adjective
half-praising, adjective
outpraise, verb (used with object), outpraised, outpraising.
repraise, verb (used with object), repraised, repraising.
self-praise, noun
self-praising, adjective
superpraise, noun, verb (used with object), superpraised, superpraising.
unpraised, adjective
unpraiseful, adjective
unpraising, adjective
1. acclamation, plaudit, applause, approbation, compliment. 2. encomium, eulogy, panegyric. 5. laud, applaud, eulogize. See approve. 6. glorify, exalt, honor.
1. condemnation. 5. depreciate. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for praiseful
Historical Examples
  • For still, as she tells me, he speaks kind and praiseful things of me.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • He said praiseful and appreciative things about the girl, but didn't dwell upon that detail or make it prominent.

    The American Claimant Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • "Best woman driver I ever saw," was the senator's praiseful rejoinder.

  • Help us to see Thy name on blessings that we never recognized, so that we may now be praiseful where we have been indifferent.

    The Whole Armour of God John Henry Jowett
  • At this point I strike out some other praiseful things which I was tempted to add.

    Following the Equator, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
British Dictionary definitions for praiseful


the act of expressing commendation, admiration, etc
the extolling of a deity or the rendering of homage and gratitude to a deity
the condition of being commended, admired, etc
(archaic) the reason for praise
sing someone's praises, to commend someone highly
verb (transitive)
to express commendation, admiration, etc, for
to proclaim or describe the glorious attributes of (a deity) with homage and thanksgiving
Derived Forms
praiser, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French preisier, from Late Latin pretiāre to esteem highly, from Latin pretium prize; compare prize², precious
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Word Origin and History for praiseful



c.1300, "to laud, commend, flatter," from Old French preisier, variant of prisier "to praise, value," from Late Latin preciare, earlier pretiare (see price (n.)). Replaced Old English lof, hreþ.

Specifically with God as an object from late 14c. Related: Praised; praising. Now a verb in most Germanic languages (German preis, Danish pris, etc.), but only in English is it differentiated in form from cognate price.


early 14c., not common until 16c., from praise (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Idioms and Phrases with praiseful


In addition to the idiom beginning with
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