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commendation

[kom-uh n-dey-shuh n]
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noun
  1. the act of commending; recommendation; praise: commendation for a job well done.
  2. something that commends, as a formal recommendation or an official citation or award: a commendation for bravery.
  3. Feudal Law. the placing of oneself or one's land under the protection of a lord so as to become his vassal.
  4. commendations, Archaic. a complimentary greeting or message.

Origin of commendation

1175–1225; Middle English commendacioun (< Anglo-French) < Latin commendātiōn- (stem of commendātiō) a commending to God. See commend, -ation
Related formsself-com·men·da·tion, nounsub·com·men·da·tion, nounsu·per·com·men·da·tion, noun

Synonyms

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1. approval, approbation, applause. 2. eulogy, encomium, panegyric, laudation.

Antonyms

1, 2. condemnation.
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Examples from the Web for commendations

Historical Examples

  • He did not now address his destined prize with the commendations of beauty.

    Imogen

    William Godwin

  • Nor are all commendations right, which spring from a desire to 128gratify others.

    The Young Maiden

    A. B. (Artemas Bowers) Muzzey

  • She sought, mutely, for commendations, and he gave her them.

    Privy Seal

    Ford Madox Ford

  • I passed the list back with I know not what commendations of his rapidity.

  • I produced my treasure, and the shopman was liberal in his commendations.

    The Caxtons, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton


British Dictionary definitions for commendations

commendation

noun
  1. the act or an instance of commending; praise
  2. an award
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Word Origin and History for commendations

commendation

n.

"expression of approval," late 14c. (from c.1200 as the name of one of the Offices of the Dead), from Old French commendacion "approval, praise," from Latin commendationem (nominative commendatio) "recommendation, commendation," noun of action from past participle stem of commendare (see commend).

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