praise

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v praise express approval of "The parents praised their children for their academic performance"
    • n praise an expression of approval and commendation "he always appreciated praise for his work"
    • n praise offering words of homage as an act of worship "they sang a hymn of praise to God"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Praise Commendation for worth; approval expressed; honor rendered because of excellence or worth; laudation; approbation. "There are men who always confound the praise of goodness with the practice."
    • Praise Especially, the joyful tribute of gratitude or homage rendered to the Divine Being; the act of glorifying or extolling the Creator; worship, particularly worship by song, distinction from prayer and other acts of worship; as, a service of praise .
    • Praise The object, ground, or reason of praise. "He is thy praise , and he is thy God."
    • Praise To commend; to applaud; to express approbation of; to laud; -- applied to a person or his acts. "I praise well thy wit.""Let her own works praise her in the gates.""We praise not Hector, though his name, we know,
      Is great in arms; 't is hard to praise a foe."
    • Praise To extol in words or song; to magnify; to glorify on account of perfections or excellent works; to do honor to; to display the excellence of; -- applied especially to the Divine Being. "Praise ye him, all his angels; praise ye him, all his hosts!"
    • Praise To value; to appraise.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • praise To express approbation or admiration of; laud; applaud; eulogize; commend.
    • praise To extol in gratitude and devotion for blessings received; especially, to offer grateful homage to; worship; glorify.
    • praise To appraise; set a price upon; value.
    • praise Synonyms and Praise, Applaud, Extol, laud, eulogize, celebrate, exalt, bless. Praise is the general word; it is positive, but of varying degrees of strength. We praise, applaud, and extol by words written or spoken; we may applaud also by clapping the hands or by other physical demonstrations of approbation. To extol is to praise very highly, generally at some length. See eulogy.
    • n praise The expression of approbation or esteem because of some virtue, meritorious performance, or pleasing quality; bestowal of commendation or admiration for something excellent or beautiful; laudation; applause.
    • n praise The expression of any opinion, whether in commendation or otherwise; hence, fame; reputation.
    • n praise The expression of love and gratitude for benefits received; devotion with thanksgiving; especially, a tribute of grateful homage to God.
    • n praise A ground or reason for praise.
    • n praise A subject for praise; a person or thing worthy to be praised.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Praise prāz the expression of the honour or value in which any person or thing is held: commendation on account of excellence or beauty: tribute of gratitude: a glorifying, as of God in worship: reason or ground of praise
    • v.t Praise to express estimation of: to commend: to honour: to glorify, as in worship
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Quotations

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    “The test of any man's character is how he takes praise.”
  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
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    “Usually we praise only to be praised.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “Blame is safer than praise.”
  • Dag Hammarskjold
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    “Praise those of your critics for whom nothing is up to standard.”
  • W. Somerset Maugham
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    “People who ask for your criticism want only praise.”
  • Karl Marx
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    “Experience praises the most happy the one who made the most people happy.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. preisen, OF. preisier, prisier, F. priser, L. pretiare, to prize, fr. pretium, price. See Price (n.), and cf. Appreciate Praise (n.) Prize (v.)

Usage

In literature:

There never was, there never will be, a man who is always praised, or a man who is always blamed.
"Book of Wise Sayings" by W. A. Clouston
Paul's praise in verse 7 is not mere flattery, nor meant to put the Corinthians into good humour.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
We praise ourselves; they belittle others.
"The Bibliotaph" by Leon H. Vincent
By angel trumps in heaven their praise is blown, Divine their lot.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
But it is not such humble, yet exalted souls that will complain of the praise which to their neglect, is allotted to any of their sisters.
"Woman's Work in the Civil War" by Linus Pierpont Brockett
But the praise is not so jubilant, nor the trust so victorious, as we have seen them.
"The Life of David" by Alexander Maclaren
It is a great Thing that we praise, but that wherewith we praise is weak as yet.
"On Prayer and The Contemplative Life" by St. Thomas Aquinas
Three, unto whom the whole world give applause; Yet their three praises praise but one; that's Lawes.
"The Hesperides & Noble Numbers: Vol. 1 and 2" by Robert Herrick
He is highly praised, certainly.
"Erasmus and the Age of Reformation" by Johan Huizinga
Yes, a great God inspires great praise, and in great praise small cares and small meannesses are utterly consumed away.
"My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year" by John Henry Jowett
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In poetry:

But I am alone, and how can I sing
Praises to thee?
Come, Night! unveil the beautiful soul
That waiteth for me.
"A Summer Night" by Elizabeth Drew Barstow Stoddard
Praise we the Lord! let songs resound
To earth’s remotest shore!
Songs of thanksgiving, songs of praise —
For we are slaves no more.
"Emancipation Hymn" by Anonymous Americas
Praise shall employ my noblest powers,
While immortality endures;
My days of praise shall ne'er be past,
While life, and thought, and being last.
"Psalm 146" by Isaac Watts
Praise of the knights of old
May sleep: their tale is told,
And no man cares:
The praise which fires our lips is
A knight's whose fame eclipses
All of theirs.
"A Child's Battles" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
V The Praise of Love Spirit of Knowledge, grant me this:
A simple heart and subtle wit
To praise the thing whose praise it is
That all which can be praised is it.
"The Angel In The House. Book I. Canto VIII." by Coventry Patmore
Praise, praise to Him, whose faithful hand
Prepared her glorious place,
For us is loss,--for her release,
The robe of rest, the home of peace,--
For us, the pilgrim race.
"Miss Anna M. Seymour," by Lydia Howard Huntley Sigourney

In news:

Praise for lawyers on both sides of Martin case.
Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan had a chance to work out newcomer Sam Dekker and is quick to praise his potential.
New York Life Insurance is using terse sayings to praise the virtues of buying life insurance.
Praises Central Banks, but Sees Slowing Ahead.
I will praise thee among much people.
Jenna Dewan Praises Husband Channing Tatum's "Amazing" Stripper Moves.
She praised the chiefs' involvement with the forum and said, "Their presence is saying a lot, but continued dialogue is important.".
Some local business owners are praising the completion of a major road project in northeast Winnipeg.
Critic praises the spectacular plane crash in film.
Italy's President Calls Marco Bellocchio to Praise ' Dormant Beauty' After Venice Snub.
Kelsey O'Donnell received high praise from Coach Brown for her defensive work on Thursday.
Praises FTC but says tougher privacy legislation is needed.
Wisconsin teachers praised the judge's decision to strike down parts of Act 10.
In Praise of Jean- Émile Laboureur.
Tolstoy was still praising him to the skies late in his life.
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In science:

I introduce autobiographical numbers as defined in A046043 (see Online Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences ). I continue by defining and analyzing biographies, curricula vitae and complete life stories of numbers. I end with the definition of mutually-praising number pairs.
Autobiographical Numbers
But Alice praises Bob, because Bob praises Alice.
Autobiographical Numbers
It’s a very advantageous flattery pattern! I will call such a pair a mutually-praising pair.
Autobiographical Numbers
Obviously, in a legitimate pair of mutually-praising numbers both numbers have zeroes.
Autobiographical Numbers
Another exercise is to find all mutually-praising number pairs.
Autobiographical Numbers
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