- the act of expressing approval or admiration; commendation; laudation.
- the offering of grateful homage in words or song, as an act of worship: a hymn of praise to God.
- the state of being approved or admired: The king lived in praise for many years.
- Archaic. a ground for praise, or a merit.
- to express approval or admiration of; commend; extol.
- to offer grateful homage to (God or a deity), as in words or song.
- sing someone's praises, to praise someone publicly and enthusiastically: He is always singing his wife's praises.
Origin of praise
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Examples from the Web for praise
American lawmakers were quick to praise the military operation.Final Chapter for Accused Africa Bomber
January 4, 2015
Above the notes of praise is a small photo of Guerin wearing a polka dot tie and pocket square, staring at you like a sociopath.The Multimillion ‘Clairvoyance by Mail’ Scam
November 21, 2014
And it gave Baghdadi the opportunity to praise his new minions, blessing them as his official representatives.Murder Vids Help ISIS Lure More Monsters
November 16, 2014
Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) may have drawn wide attention and praise for their REDEEM Act.Why Isn’t Prison Justice on the Ballot This Tuesday?
Inimai Chettiar, Abigail Finkelman
November 1, 2014
A progressive is not supposed to praise the work of a conservative.Lincoln Was the Founders’ Heir Apparent
Harvey J. Kaye
October 22, 2014
Let young men hear the praise of virtue from the lips of beauty.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
Would I rob Heaven and give the praise and honour to the creature?
It received the praise of Gifford, the severest of English critics.Biographical Sketches
Those who succeed, You'll praise perforce,--so there's no need To speak of that.De Libris: Prose and Verse
Chip blushed under the praise and hastily answered the question.Chip, of the Flying U
B. M. Bower
- the act of expressing commendation, admiration, etc
- the extolling of a deity or the rendering of homage and gratitude to a deity
- the condition of being commended, admired, etc
- archaic the reason for praise
- sing someone's praises to commend someone highly
- to express commendation, admiration, etc, for
- to proclaim or describe the glorious attributes of (a deity) with homage and thanksgiving
Word Origin and History for praise
c.1300, "to laud, commend, flatter," from Old French preisier, variant of prisier "to praise, value," from Late Latin preciare, earlier pretiare (see price (n.)). Replaced Old English lof, hreþ.
Specifically with God as an object from late 14c. Related: Praised; praising. Now a verb in most Germanic languages (German preis, Danish pris, etc.), but only in English is it differentiated in form from cognate price.
early 14c., not common until 16c., from praise (v.).