- to praise; extol.
- a song or hymn of praise.
- lauds, (used with a singular or plural verb) Ecclesiastical. a canonical hour, marked especially by psalms of praise, usually recited with matins.
Origin of laud
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- William,1573–1645, archbishop of Canterbury and opponent of Puritanism: executed for treason.
Examples from the Web for laud
I have never met her, and I am inclined to laud her chivalry.Pulp Nonfiction: India’s Shameful Failure to Defend Historian of Hinduism
February 13, 2014
Holbrooke then used a Karzai visit to Washington in May to laud the Afghan leader with pomp, circumstance, and attention.Richard Holbrooke's Last Mission in Afghanistan by David Rohde
November 26, 2011
All the more reason to laud—or at least not pile on—evidence of action.Germany’s Risky Eurozone Bailout
September 30, 2011
If the claims are indeed true this time, expect al Qaeda to laud its martyrs publicly.The Terrorist We Keep Killing
April 19, 2010
Israel is quick to laud those who fought the Nazis, no matter how futilely, over those who went powerless to their deaths.Israel's Private Shame
Matt Beynon Rees
April 21, 2009
The wench came up soon after, all aghast, with a Laud, Miss!Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
The presence of his kind to see and laud was an inspiration to him.Heather and Snow
Its corners were cut off as the ears of Laud's victims had been cut off at Westminster.
And you, child, too, Shall have your task; deliver this to Laud.
Laud will not be the slowest in thy praise: "Thorough" he'll cry!
- (tr) to praise or glorify
- praise or glorification
- 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
Word Origin and History for laud
late 14c., from Old French lauder "praise, extol," from Latin laudare "to praise, commend, honor, extol, eulogize," from laus (genitive laudis) "praise, fame glory." Probably cognate with Old English leoð "song, poem, hymn," from Proto-Germanic *leuthan (cf. Old Norse ljoð "strophe," German Lied "song," Gothic liuþon "to praise"), and from an echoic PIE root *leu-. Related: Lauded; lauding.