[ law-duh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee ]
/ ˈlɔ dəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i /


containing or expressing praise: overwhelmed by the speaker's laudatory remarks.
Sometimes laud·a·tive.

Origin of laudatory

1545–55; < Late Latin laudātōrius, equivalent to laudā(re) to laud + -tōrius -tory1
SYNONYMS FOR laudatory
Related forms
Can be confusedlaudable laudatory Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for self-laudatory

  • But General Bullwigg would not drive until he had brought his anecdote to a self-laudatory end.

    IT and Other Stories|Gouverneur Morris
  • And Mesmer leaned back in his chair, with a self-laudatory smile, like an orator who has made his point.

    The Road to Paris|Robert Neilson Stephens
  • We can imagine what Cæsar might have said among his friends of the expediency of putting down this self-laudatory Consul.

    Life of Cicero|Anthony Trollope
  • The sweep indulged himself in some extravagant, self-laudatory statements, one of which became a household word with us.

British Dictionary definitions for self-laudatory



/ (ˈlɔːdətərɪ, -trɪ) /


expressing or containing praise; eulogistic
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Word Origin and History for self-laudatory



1550s, from Middle French laudatoire and directly from Late Latin laudatorius, from Latin laudare (see laud).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper