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laud

[lawd]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to praise; extol.
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noun
  1. a song or hymn of praise.
  2. lauds, (used with a singular or plural verb) Ecclesiastical. a canonical hour, marked especially by psalms of praise, usually recited with matins.
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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

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Laud

[lawd]
noun
  1. William,1573–1645, archbishop of Canterbury and opponent of Puritanism: executed for treason.
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Related Words

admireeulogizereverecommendhonoradorecelebrateextolcomplimenthymnglorifymagnifyflattervenerateblessstrokeboostreverenceapproveworship

Examples from the Web for laud

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  • The wench came up soon after, all aghast, with a Laud, Miss!

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • The presence of his kind to see and laud was an inspiration to him.

    Heather and Snow

    George MacDonald

  • Its corners were cut off as the ears of Laud's victims had been cut off at Westminster.

    Browning's England

    Helen Archibald Clarke

  • And you, child, too, Shall have your task; deliver this to Laud.

    Browning's England

    Helen Archibald Clarke

  • Laud will not be the slowest in thy praise: "Thorough" he'll cry!

    Browning's England

    Helen Archibald Clarke


British Dictionary definitions for laud

laud

verb
  1. (tr) to praise or glorify
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noun
  1. praise or glorification
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Derived Formslauder, noun

Word Origin

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

Laud

noun
  1. 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

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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