[law-duh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]


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
Related formslaud·a·to·ri·ly, adverbo·ver·laud·a·to·ry, adjectiveself-laud·a·to·ry, adjectiveun·laud·a·tive, adjectiveun·laud·a·to·ry, adjective
Can be confusedlaudable laudatory

Synonyms for laudatory Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for self-laudatory

Historical Examples of self-laudatory

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

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

    IT and Other Stories

    Gouverneur Morris

  • 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

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for self-laudatory




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