verb (used with object), praised, prais·ing.
- prairie wolf,
- prairie, the,
- praise god, from whom all blessings flow,
- praise to the skies,
Origin of praise
Examples from the Web for self-praise
I do not care to boast, you understand, and to be forced into self-praise is abhorrent to me.Figures of Earth|James Branch Cabell
He left boasting and self-praise to others, far inferior to him in knowledge.
Mamma says I have made a bad commencement to my letter—that self-praise is no recommendation.Our Bessie|Rosa Nouchette Carey
It has all the invidiousness of self-praise, and all the reproach of falsehood.'Life of Johnson|James Boswell
Where self-praise is strong a vague uneasiness sets Richardson to work on the style, unable to locate the center of his trouble.Samuel Richardson's Introduction to Pamela|Samuel Richardson
Word Origin for praise
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.).
In addition to the idiom beginning with praise
- praise to the skies
- damn with faint praise
- sing someone's praises