will laud


William, 1573–1645, archbishop of Canterbury and opponent of Puritanism: executed for treason.
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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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