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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 extols

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Historical Examples

  • Robert of Clari, who saw the tomb in 1203, extols its magnificence.

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for extols

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 extols

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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