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[preyz-wur-th ee] /ˈpreɪzˌwɜr ði/
deserving of praise; laudable:
a praiseworthy motive.
Origin of praiseworthy
First recorded in 1530-40; praise + -worthy
Related forms
praiseworthily, adverb
praiseworthiness, noun
unpraiseworthy, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for praiseworthy
Contemporary Examples
  • Shame and pride are simply not things all Jews should feel about the reprehensible and praiseworthy acts of all other Jews.

Historical Examples
  • To every word of his superior officers he said 'praiseworthy, praiseworthy!'

    Short Stories Fiodor Dostoievski
  • But what are they all, if disconnected from a praiseworthy character?

    The Young Maiden A. B. (Artemas Bowers) Muzzey
  • Thus do I cherish the treasures of affection, of legitimate ambition, of praiseworthy aspiration.

  • She had taught him to get money; that it was shrewd and praiseworthy to overreach and deceive.

    Desk and Debit Oliver Optic
  • The only praiseworthy thing that Herodias ever did, so far as is known, was on this occasion.

    Women of Early Christianity Alfred Brittain
  • Commerce was in his blood, and he settled down to work with praiseworthy energy.

    The Explorer W. Somerset Maugham
  • If these representations were not brilliant, they were praiseworthy efforts, and a revelation to East Central London.

  • The children, too, are growing up in ignorance of all that is useful and praiseworthy.

    Thoughts on Missions Sheldon Dibble
  • It is certain, that there is no praise valuable but from the praiseworthy.

British Dictionary definitions for praiseworthy


deserving of praise; commendable
Derived Forms
praiseworthily, adverb
praiseworthiness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for praiseworthy

mid-15c., from praise (v.) + worthy. Usually hyphenated until mid-19c. Related: Praiseworthiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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