laud

[ lawd ]
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verb (used with object)

to praise; extol.

noun

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

1300–50; (v.) Middle English lauden < Latin laudāre to praise, derivative of laus (stem laud-) praise; (noun) Middle English laude, back formation from laudes (plural) < Late Latin, special use of plural of Latin laus praise
Related formslaud·er, lau·da·tor [law-dey-ter] /ˈlɔ deɪ tər/, nouno·ver·laud, verb (used with object)un·laud·ed, adjective

Definition for laud (2 of 2)

Laud

[ lawd ]
/ lɔd /

noun

William,1573–1645, archbishop of Canterbury and opponent of Puritanism: executed for treason.
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British Dictionary definitions for laud (1 of 2)

laud

/ (lɔːd) literary /

verb

(tr) to praise or glorify

noun

praise or glorification
Derived Formslauder, noun

Word Origin for laud

C14: vb from Latin laudāre; n from laudēs, pl of Latin laus praise

British Dictionary definitions for laud (2 of 2)

Laud

/ (lɔːd) /

noun

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
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Word Origin and History for laud

laud


v.

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.

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