- the act of expressing approval or admiration; commendation; laudation.
- the offering of grateful homage in words or song, as an act of worship: a hymn of praise to God.
- the state of being approved or admired: The king lived in praise for many years.
- Archaic. a ground for praise, or a merit.
- to express approval or admiration of; commend; extol.
- to offer grateful homage to (God or a deity), as in words or song.
- sing someone's praises, to praise someone publicly and enthusiastically: He is always singing his wife's praises.
Origin of praise
SynonymsSee more synonyms for praise on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for praised
He praised Rick Santorum, famous for wearing sweater vests in 2012, for running a “fashion forward campaign.”Rand Paul Has a Few Festivus Grievances
December 23, 2014
In his 2010 evaluation, Wright was praised for “excellent knowledge of RRC rules, regulations and policies.”Two Texas Regulators Tried to Enforce the Rules. They Were Fired.
David Hasemyer, InsideClimate News
December 9, 2014
Even those who have been leading protests against the verdict have praised Donovan.Meet Dan Donovan, the Prosecutor Who Let Eric Garner’s Killer Walk
December 5, 2014
Dean Teresa A. Sullivan praised the “overwhelming response by this community to condemn the evil acts” reported by Rolling Stone.Why It Was Right to Question Rolling Stone’s U-VA Rape Story
December 5, 2014
Zoe Saldana has also recently praised sci-fi movies for the depth and breadth of women in its ensembles.Science-Fiction TV Finds a New Muse: Feminism
November 29, 2014
"You are in splendid condition, Elfreda," praised Mrs. Gray.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
Lamb and Coleridge, on the other hand, have praised "Lear" as a world's masterpiece.The Man Shakespeare
He praised me greatly for all the care I had taken of his boy; and said, how finely you was come on!Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
Dissembling her displeasure, she praised the hammer-cloth, and especially the fringe.Tales And Novels, Volume 3 (of 10)
Some persons will not be liberal, unless they can be praised.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. II
Francis Augustus Cox
- the act of expressing commendation, admiration, etc
- the extolling of a deity or the rendering of homage and gratitude to a deity
- the condition of being commended, admired, etc
- archaic the reason for praise
- sing someone's praises to commend someone highly
- to express commendation, admiration, etc, for
- to proclaim or describe the glorious attributes of (a deity) with homage and thanksgiving
Word Origin and History for praised
c.1300, "to laud, commend, flatter," from Old French preisier, variant of prisier "to praise, value," from Late Latin preciare, earlier pretiare (see price (n.)). Replaced Old English lof, hreþ.
Specifically with God as an object from late 14c. Related: Praised; praising. Now a verb in most Germanic languages (German preis, Danish pris, etc.), but only in English is it differentiated in form from cognate price.
early 14c., not common until 16c., from praise (v.).
Idioms and Phrases with praised
In addition to the idiom beginning with praise
- praise to the skies
- damn with faint praise
- sing someone's praises