[ kom-uhn-dey-shuhn ]
/ ˌkɒm ənˈdeɪ ʃən /


the act of commending; recommendation; praise: commendation for a job well done.
something that commends, as a formal recommendation or an official citation or award: a commendation for bravery.
Feudal Law. the placing of oneself or one's land under the protection of a lord so as to become his vassal.
commendations, Archaic. a complimentary greeting or message.

Origin of commendation

1175–1225; Middle English commendacioun (< Anglo-French) < Latin commendātiōn- (stem of commendātiō) a commending to God. See commend, -ation
SYNONYMS FOR commendation
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Related formsself-com·men·da·tion, nounsub·com·men·da·tion, nounsu·per·com·men·da·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for self-commendation

  • "That is the best thing I ever did in my life," she said in self-commendation.

    Her Father's Daughter|Gene Stratton-Porter
  • To the truth of which self-commendation we bore good testimony.

    The Argosy|Various
  • Paul cannot have written in self-commendation on more than one occasion, and he promises not to repeat this in iii.

British Dictionary definitions for self-commendation


/ (ˌkɒmɛnˈdeɪʃən) /


the act or an instance of commending; praise
an award
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Word Origin and History for self-commendation



"expression of approval," late 14c. (from c.1200 as the name of one of the Offices of the Dead), from Old French commendacion "approval, praise," from Latin commendationem (nominative commendatio) "recommendation, commendation," noun of action from past participle stem of commendare (see commend).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper