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[ik-stohl, -stol] /ɪkˈstoʊl, -ˈstɒl/
verb (used with object), extolled, extolling.
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 forms
extoller, noun
extollingly, adverb
extolment, extollment, noun
self-extolled, adjective
superextol, verb (used with object), superextolled, superextolling.
superextoll, verb (used with object)
unextolled, adjective
glorify, exalt, celebrate.
disparage. Unabridged
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  • Robert of Clari, who saw the tomb in 1203, extols its magnificence.

    Byzantine Churches in Constantinople Alexander Van Millingen
  • Each one extols with words and gestures the excellences of his boat.

    From Pole to Pole

    Sven Anders Hedin
  • Barrow extols the character and pleasing manners of the Boushouannas.

  • Chaulieu extols the Tocane of Ay, and some verses of Voltaire have been quoted on p. 61.

    A History of Champagne Henry Vizetelly
  • Oliver Cromwell he calls an "accomplished president," and extols his genius.

    Junius Unmasked Joel Moody
  • He extols their faith (a faith for which he himself suffered).

    The Forerunners Romain Rolland
  • Christianity blesses the peacemakers; Nietzsche extols the warriors.

  • She chides them for their duplicity, then extols them for their prankish playfulness.

    The Vitalized School

    Francis B. Pearson
  • A devil attired as a priest, teaching a school of little aristocrats, extols the massacre of St. Bartholomew.

British Dictionary definitions for extols


verb -tols, -tolling, -tolled (US) -tolls, -tolling, -tolled
(transitive) to praise lavishly; exalt
Derived Forms
extoller, noun
extollingly, adverb
extolment, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin extollere to elevate, from tollere to raise
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Word Origin and History for extols



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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