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Laud

[lawd]
noun
  1. William,1573–1645, archbishop of Canterbury and opponent of Puritanism: executed for treason.
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British Dictionary definitions for william laud

laud

verb
  1. (tr) to praise or glorify
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noun
  1. praise or glorification
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Derived Formslauder, noun

Word Origin

C14: vb from Latin laudāre; n from laudēs, pl of Latin laus praise

Laud

noun
  1. William. 1573–1645, English prelate; archbishop of Canterbury (1633–45). His persecution of Puritans and his High Church policies in England and Scotland were a cause of the Civil War; he was impeached by the Long Parliament (1640) and executed
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Word Origin and History for william laud

laud

v.

late 14c., from Old French lauder "praise, extol," from Latin laudare "to praise, commend, honor, extol, eulogize," from laus (genitive laudis) "praise, fame glory." Probably cognate with Old English leoð "song, poem, hymn," from Proto-Germanic *leuthan (cf. Old Norse ljoð "strophe," German Lied "song," Gothic liuþon "to praise"), and from an echoic PIE root *leu-. Related: Lauded; lauding.

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