verb (used with object)

to praise; extol.


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

Synonyms for laud

Antonyms for laud Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for lauding

Contemporary Examples of lauding

Historical Examples of lauding

  • Let no one suspect me of lauding the mockery of virtue in what I say here.

    Jack Hinton

    Charles James Lever

  • For this exploit the ragamuffin is lauding him to the skies.

  • Now, there is no unpopularity to-day in lauding a Jew or a Greek or an Irishman.

  • I'm compelled to stand for all this for the simple crime of not lauding the old man.

    The Homesteader

    Oscar Micheaux

  • They sat about him amiably drinking, and lauding him as a fine fellow after all.

    Black Rock

    Ralph Connor

British Dictionary definitions for lauding



(tr) to praise or glorify


praise or glorification
Derived Formslauder, noun

Word Origin for laud

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



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 lauding



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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