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[law-duh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈlɔ dəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/
containing or expressing praise:
overwhelmed by the speaker's laudatory remarks.
Sometimes, laudative.
Origin of laudatory
1545-55; < Late Latin laudātōrius, equivalent to laudā(re) to laud + -tōrius -tory1
Related forms
laudatorily, adverb
overlaudatory, adjective
self-laudatory, adjective
unlaudative, adjective
unlaudatory, adjective
Can be confused
laudable, laudatory.
adulatory, complimentary, commendatory. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for self-laudatory
Historical Examples
  • The sweep indulged himself in some extravagant, self-laudatory statements, one of which became a household word with us.

  • But General Bullwigg would not drive until he had brought his anecdote to a self-laudatory end.

    IT and Other Stories Gouverneur Morris
  • We can imagine what Cæsar might have said among his friends of the expediency of putting down this self-laudatory Consul.

    Life of Cicero Anthony Trollope
  • And Mesmer leaned back in his chair, with a self-laudatory smile, like an orator who has made his point.

    The Road to Paris Robert Neilson Stephens
British Dictionary definitions for self-laudatory


/ˈlɔːdətərɪ; -trɪ/
expressing or containing praise; eulogistic
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for self-laudatory



1550s, from Middle French laudatoire and directly from Late Latin laudatorius, from Latin laudare (see laud).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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