• WordNet 3.6
    • n commendation a message expressing a favorable opinion "words of approval seldom passed his lips"
    • n commendation an official award (as for bravery or service) usually given as formal public statement
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Commendation A message of affection or respect; compliments; greeting. "Hark you, Margaret;
      No princely commendations to my king?"
    • Commendation That which is the ground of approbation or praise. "Good nature is the most godlike commendation of a man."
    • Commendation The act of commending; praise; favorable representation in words; recommendation. "Need we . . . epistles of commendation ?""By the commendation of the great officers."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n commendation The act of commending; praise; approbation; favorable representation in words; declaration of esteem.
    • n commendation That which commends or recommends; a ground of esteem, approbation, or praise.
    • n commendation Kind remembrance; respects; greeting; message of love: commonly in the plural.
    • n commendation In feudal law, the cession by a freeman to a lord of dominion over himself and his estate, the freeman thus becoming the vassal and securing the protection of the lord. It was typified by placing the hands between those of the lord, and taking the oath of fealty. It is sometimes described as a surrender of estate, and sometimes as not involving this.
    • n commendation In the medieval church in England, a service consisting of psalms, said in the church over a corpse while the priest was marking and blessing the grave before proceeding to the funeral mass and the burial-service proper. Also called the commendations, or psalms of commendation, and, more fully, the commendation of the soul, or commendations of souls.
    • n commendation Synonyms Recommendation, encomium.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Commendation the act of commending: praise: declaration of esteem: esp. the act of commending the dying or dead to the favour and mercy of God
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  • Seigneur De Saint-Evremond
    Seigneur De Saint-Evremond
    “The censure of those who are opposed to us, is the highest commendation that can be given us.”
  • Emily Dickinson
    “Will you tell me my fault, frankly as to yourself, for I had rather wince, than die. Men do not call the surgeon to commend the bone, but to set it, Sir.”
  • Henry Fielding
    “Commend a fool for his wit, or a rogue for his honesty and he will receive you into his favor.”
  • Sir Richard Steele
    “Praise from an enemy is the most pleasing of all commendations.”
  • Ovid
    “The will is commendable though the ability may be wanting.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. commendatio,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. commendārecom, and mandāre, to trust.


In literature:

Is an income-tax commendable?
"Burroughs' Encyclopaedia of Astounding Facts and Useful Information, 1889" by Barkham Burroughs
I especially commend to the attention of the Congress the statements contained in the Secretary's report concerning forestry.
"Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents" by Grover Cleveland
To young women industry is equally essential and commendable.
"Golden Steps to Respectability, Usefulness and Happiness" by John Mather Austin
These are the broad principles contained in Mr. Mahaffy's clever little book, and many of them will, no doubt, commend themselves to our readers.
"Reviews" by Oscar Wilde
It was long held a specific for scurvy, and is now commended in certain cases as an article in diet-drinks.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Vol. 12" by Robert Kerr
I commend this heroic crew to the grateful consideration of Congress and the American people.
"Messages and Papers of William McKinley V.2." by William McKinley
This explanation, accepted by the French government, did not commend itself to public opinion, either in France or elsewhere.
"The Inside Story Of The Peace Conference" by Emile Joseph Dillon
Such talk hath commendation from the vile.
"The Seven Plays in English Verse" by Sophocles
Christ notices what is commendable, before he administers reproof.
"Notes On The Apocalypse" by David Steele
To capitalists, miners and merchants, in fact to the general public we heartily commend this book.
"The Bay State Monthly, Vol. II, No. 6, March, 1885" by Various

In poetry:

Tell them that brave it most,
They beg for more by spending,
Who, in their greatest cost,
Seek nothing but commending.
And if they make reply,
Then give them all the lie.
"The Lie" by Sir Walter Raleigh
If that the subiect do the worke commend,
The what more worthy work, then I intend?
For Lords, nay more (let me not be mistook)
Kings theselues are the subiects of my book.
"Epigram. I. De Subiecto Operis" by John Heath
Stanhope shall come, and grace his rural Friend,
Delia shall wonder at her noble Guest,
With blushing Awe the riper Fruit commend,
And for her Husband's Patron cull the best.
"Elegy XIII" by James Hammond
A fond farewell! each cottage friend,
To Jesu's love I would commend
Your souls and bodies to the end
Of life's rough way;
Then (death subdued) may you ascend
To endless day!
"Epistle To The Labouring Poor" by Patrick Branwell Bronte
Much-honor'd Statesman, Husband, Father, Friend,
A generous nation's grateful tears are thine;
E'en unborn ages shall thy worth commend,
And never-fading laurels deck thy shrine.
"On The Death of General Washington" by Thomas Gent
Much honour'd Statesman, Husband, Father, Friend,
A generous nation's grateful tears are thine;
E'en unborn ages shall thy worth commend,
And never-fading laurels deck thy shrine.
"Written on the Death of General Washington" by Thomas Gent

In news:

We commend the Johnson County Commission for their handling of the Lake DeSmet buyout .
Worcester Prep Honors National Merit Scholarship Commended Students.
We applaud, commend and agree with the newspaper: Bullhooks, metal rods with sharp points used to control and train elephants, should be banned in Los Angeles.
I commend the Common Council, the Department of Public Works (DPW), and the consultants for the actions taken in addressing the concerns related to the City Hall restoration project.
I want to take a moment to commend all the wonderful people of North Dickinson High School.
Building a stronger community By Susan Piccinino, kingman, az Progress requires Citizens to participate in the betterment, and commend our Justice System, not condemn community leaders who are always willing to consider intelligent feedback.
First Energy and its crews are to be commended, not condemned , for their actions and response.
I would like to commend Mr Bob Francis and the entire committee for HEGD.
Commended for Cost-cutting , Achievement Gains.
I commend Hyundai for including this car -- and this powertrain -- in its lineup, but refinement is not one of the Genesis coupe 's strong points.
A Commendable (and Courageous ) Comment Award.
Ryan commended the league for improvements it has made in that regard, such as eliminating high-low blocks on defensive linemen.
In Washington, State Department spokesman Victoria Nuland commended the Russian government for "finally waking up to the reality and acknowledging that the regime's days are numbered".
I would like to commend the city's handling, thus far, of the martini glass controversy.
Timothy Saxton, principal of Boardman High School, has announced that Daniel Belinky, Michael Marshall and John Umble have been named commended students in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program.

In science:

More importantly for recommender systems, Goldberg et al. coined the phrase collaborative filtering while describing Tapestry, which later became known as the first re commender system .
A Connection-Centric Survey of Recommender Systems Research
Therefore we re commend that many of the hQi i be used to measure at least the monopole component of the galaxy’s acceleration field at a ra nge of points.
Multi-mass schemes for collisionless N-body simulations
It would be highly re commendable that future simulation comparison projects will include tests of how different codes behave in the presence of simple schemes of non-gravitational heating.
Thermodynamical properties of the ICM from hydrodynamical simulations
This selection is also re commended by Williams et al. (1994).
LABOCA mapping of the infrared dark cloud MSXDC G304.74+01.32
The model also has the further commendation that it predicts correctly the observed proportion of left-branching compounds found in two independently extracted test sets.
Corpus Statistics Meet the Noun Compound: Some Empirical Results