- 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
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Examples from the Web for lauds
Zawahiri lauds the success of al Qaeda in Syria and Iraq in contrast.Al Qaeda Comeback
April 12, 2013
Defense minister thanks U.S. and lauds Israeli achievements: "No other army in any country in the world has a system like it."Seeking 'Peace And Quiet' In Israel
November 20, 2012
Yet those members of the cognitive elite that Murray lauds certainly know better.Charles Murray’s ‘Coming Apart’ and the Culture Myth
Ralph Richard Banks
February 8, 2012
He lauds the push for stricter regulations on interstate commerce and a range of effective compromises.How'd Obama Do at the G-20?
The Daily Beast
April 3, 2009
You have a patient not very far away who lauds you to the skies.The Dop Doctor
Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
He condemns the vices of his own age, and lauds the old Romans: Praef.The Student's Companion to Latin Authors
Clarendon, passim, especially his summary of Lauds character.Biographia Epistolaris Volume 2
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
He, with Ignatius and others, lauds celibacy as the holiest state.The Rise of the Mediaeval Church
Alexander Clarence Flick
The mountains that divide the lauds they have passed o'er the crest.The Lay of the Cid
R. Selden Rose
- (functioning as singular or plural) mainly RC Church the traditional morning prayer of the Western Church, constituting with matins the first of the seven canonical hours
- (tr) to praise or glorify
- praise or glorification
- 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
Word Origin and History for lauds
mid-14c., from Old French; morning Church service in which psalms of praise to God (Psalms 148-150) are sung (see laud).
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.