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extol

or ex·toll

[ik-stohl, -stol]
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verb (used with object), ex·tolled, ex·tol·ling.
  1. to praise highly; laud; eulogize: to extol the beauty of Naples.

Origin of extol

1350–1400; Middle English extollen < Latin extollere to lift up, raise, equivalent to ex- ex-1 + tollere to lift, raise up
Related formsex·tol·ler, nounex·tol·ling·ly, adverbex·tol·ment, ex·toll·ment, nounself-ex·tolled, adjectivesu·per·ex·tol, verb (used with object), su·per·ex·tolled, su·per·ex·tol·ling.su·per·ex·toll, verb (used with object)un·ex·tolled, adjective

Synonyms

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glorify, exalt, celebrate.

Antonyms

disparage.
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Examples from the Web for extolment

Historical Examples

  • It is not possible to conceive knowledge otherwise than as living knowledge, and as the extolment of our 109 own personality.

    The Reform of Education

    Giovanni Gentile

  • Culture then is the extolment of our being, the formation of our spirit, or better, its liberation and its beatification.

    The Reform of Education

    Giovanni Gentile


British Dictionary definitions for extolment

extol

US extoll

verb -tols, -tolling or -tolled or US -tolls, -tolling or -tolled
  1. (tr) to praise lavishly; exalt
Derived Formsextoller, nounextollingly, adverbextolment, noun

Word Origin

C15: from Latin extollere to elevate, from tollere to raise
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Word Origin and History for extolment

extol

v.

also extoll, c.1400, "to lift up," from Latin extollere "to place on high, raise, elevate," figuratively "to exalt, praise," from ex- "up" (see ex-) + tollere "to raise," from PIE *tel-, *tol- "to bear, carry" (cf. Greek talantos "bearing, suffering," tolman "to carry, bear," telamon "broad strap for bearing something," Atlas "the 'Bearer' of Heaven;" Lithuanian tiltas "bridge;" Sanskrit tula "balance," tulayati "lifts up, weighs;" Latin tolerare "to bear, support," latus "borne;" Old English þolian "to endure;" Armenian tolum "I allow"). Figurative sense of "praise highly" in English is first attested c.1500. Related: Extolled; extolling.

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