[ kom-uhn-dey-shuhn ]
See synonyms for: commendationcommendations on

  1. the act of commending; recommendation; praise: commendation for a job well done.

  2. something that commends, as a formal recommendation or an official citation or award: a commendation for bravery.

  1. Feudal Law. the placing of oneself or one's land under the protection of a lord so as to become his vassal.

  2. commendations, Archaic. a complimentary greeting or message.

Origin of commendation

1175–1225; Middle English commendacioun (<Anglo-French ) <Latin commendātiōn- (stem of commendātiō) a commending to God. See commend, -ation

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Opposites for commendation

Other words from commendation

  • self-com·men·da·tion, noun
  • sub·com·men·da·tion, noun
  • su·per·com·men·da·tion, noun

Words Nearby commendation Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use commendation in a sentence

  • In a civilized world, I would have received a commendation of some sort.

  • Two legmen deserve special commendation for reporting under fire.

    2010 Wackiest Candidate Awards | Samuel P. Jacobs | November 1, 2010 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • Great preparations had been made, and the success must have been perfect to win so general and hearty a commendation.

    Glances at Europe | Horace Greeley
  • Jane was highly gratified by this commendation, and most eagerly availed herself of his most valuable offer.

  • The principles herein stated are not mere theories, but they have the commendation of having stood the test of use.

  • "Flora May," was the delighted answer, now that the aunt had committed herself by commendation.

    The Daisy Chain | Charlotte Yonge
  • This establishment of a test workhouse for the able-bodied received at first the warm commendation of the Central Authority.

British Dictionary definitions for commendation


/ (ˌkɒmɛnˈdeɪʃən) /

  1. the act or an instance of commending; praise

  2. an award

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