- the act of expressing approval or admiration; commendation; laudation.
- the offering of grateful homage in words or song, as an act of worship: a hymn of praise to God.
- the state of being approved or admired: The king lived in praise for many years.
- Archaic. a ground for praise, or a merit.
- to express approval or admiration of; commend; extol.
- to offer grateful homage to (God or a deity), as in words or song.
- sing someone's praises, to praise someone publicly and enthusiastically: He is always singing his wife's praises.
Origin of praise
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Antonyms for praise
Related Words for self-praiseselfishness, narcissism, self-absorption, arrogance, conceit, egoism, vainglory, pride, vanity, self-aggrandizement, self-praise, immodesty, vainness, self-admiration
Examples from the Web for self-praise
Historical Examples of self-praise
He entirely agreed with his opponents that self-praise was no honour.
I don't like to indulge in self-praise, but I believe I know a thing or two.Paul the Peddler
Horatio Alger, Jr.
And Samuel Johnson corroborates and enlarges the self-praise.
This self-praise he utters with a mien of ironic desperation.Sketch of a New Esthetic of Music
I mention this only because it is a fact: not from motives of self-praise and vanity.The Story of Charles Strange Vol. 2 (of 3)
Mrs. Henry Wood
- the act or an instance of expressing commendation for oneself
- the act of expressing commendation, admiration, etc
- the extolling of a deity or the rendering of homage and gratitude to a deity
- the condition of being commended, admired, etc
- archaic the reason for praise
- sing someone's praises to commend someone highly
- to express commendation, admiration, etc, for
- to proclaim or describe the glorious attributes of (a deity) with homage and thanksgiving
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