[preyz-wur-th ee]


deserving of praise; laudable: a praiseworthy motive.

Origin of praiseworthy

First recorded in 1530–40; praise + -worthy
Related formspraise·wor·thi·ly, adverbpraise·wor·thi·ness, nounun·praise·wor·thy, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for praiseworthy

Contemporary Examples of praiseworthy

  • Shame and pride are simply not things all Jews should feel about the reprehensible and praiseworthy acts of all other Jews.

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    No Need for Shame

    Sahar Segal

    July 10, 2012

Historical Examples of praiseworthy

  • This praiseworthy sentiment is often the cause of their ruin.

  • Is it only an ardent and, upon the whole, praiseworthy desire for information?

  • The only praiseworthy thing about this moral poem was that it soon got lost.

    My Reminiscences

    Rabindranath Tagore

  • "Threw down their guns," he repeated, as though that were a praiseworthy action.

  • Now I am not of those who think it praiseworthy to be always at home.

    Girls and Women

    Harriet E. Paine (AKA E. Chester}

British Dictionary definitions for praiseworthy



deserving of praise; commendable
Derived Formspraiseworthily, adverbpraiseworthiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for praiseworthy

mid-15c., from praise (v.) + worthy. Usually hyphenated until mid-19c. Related: Praiseworthiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper