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Definitions of praise

  1. an expression of approval and commendation; " he always appreciated praise for his work"
  2. express praise for
  3. offering words of homage as an act of worship; " they sang a hymn of praise to God"
  4. express approval of; " The parents praised their children for their academic performance"
  5. To commend; to applaud; to express approbation of; to laud; -- applied to a person or his acts.
  6. 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.
  7. To value; to appraise.
  8. Commendation for worth; approval expressed; honor rendered because of excellence or worth; laudation; approbation.
  9. 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.
  10. The object, ground, or reason of praise.
  11. Approval; fame; renown; applause; glorification of God.
  12. To bestow approval upon; honor; worship.
  13. The expression of the price or value in which any person or thing is held: commendation: tribute of gratitude: a glorifying, as in worship: reason of praise.
  14. To express estimation of: to commend: to honor: to glorify, as in worship.
  15. Commendation; reason of praise.
  16. To commend; honor.
  17. To express approval or adoration of.
  18. Commendation; applause.
  19. Thanksgiving for blessings; laudation to the Deity.
  20. The object, reason, or subject of commendation.
  21. Commendation; approbation; the expression of gratitude for favours; a glorifying or extolling; object, ground, or reason of praise.
  22. To bestow commendation on; to extol; to commend or applaud.
  23. Commendation bestowed upon a person; admiration or approbation expressed; fame; renown; applause; a glorifying or extolling, as God.
  24. To express approbation of; to extol; to commend; to glorify in words or song, as God; to celebrate.
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Antonyms for praise

calumny, facelessness, disapprobation, brickbat, denounce, pervert, reproval, ridicule, damage, derogate, ravish, aggrieve, reflection, Keelhaul, humiliate, blame, contempt, offend, sport, denigration, write off, mockery, vilify, ill-treat, denunciation, tongue-lash, depreciate, nowhere, Defaming, abase, backbite, degrade, disfavor, grouse, billingsgate, poke, displeasure, blackening, blacken, silence, fulmination, trash-talk, fuss, maltreat, call down, riot act, sarcasm, defile, Whinge, flay, criticize, objurgation, minimize, grumble, take down, put down, squawk, ill-use, lambaste, scold, diatribe, denigrate, personality, malign, baste, cut, wail, plaint, abuse, holler, indignity, animadversion, barb, bleat, hissing, admonition, deprecation, cheapen, dart, hammer, misuse, bad-mouth, potshot, defame, repudiation, excoriation, skewer, smear, philippic, vituperation, dismiss, Calumniation, Miserere, outrage, slap, complain, decry, dislike, harangue, chide, complaint, nitpick, depreciation, upbraid, play down, excoriate, reproach, jeremiad, dress down, disapproval, character assassination, wrong, sentence, yammer, wound, derogation, offense, cry down, slag, reprehension, upbraiding, find fault, traduce, whine, harm, gripe, chastise, Vilifying, obscurity, chiding, disesteem, remonstrate, commination, disparagement, repine, reprehend, talk down, derision, reprove, epithet, persecute, carp, grunt, ruin, Traducing, namelessness, vitriol, Libeling, reprobate, dispraise, cavil, Diminishment, croak, chasten, revile, defamation, condemnation, lament, quibble, belabor, vilification, nowheresville, Vilipend, murmur, disparage, reprimand, grievance, moan, slam, gird, berate, convict, scorn, assail, diminish, admonish, detraction, stricture, pan, niggle, Discommend, anathematize, chew out, condemn, execrate, Smearing, discountenance, violate, injure, Maligning, belittlement, calumniate, belittle, dig, bawl out, victimize, affront, tirade, deprecate, dis, growl, pick apart, slur, asperse, anonymity, criticise, reproof, criticism, debase, grouch, rebuke, insult, obloquy, whimper, scathe, ignominy, Aspersing, objurgate, libel, kiss off, castigate, rant, knock, scurrility, poor-mouth, beef, lecture, slander, doom, censure, vituperate.

Quotes of praise

  1. Some artists claim praise is irrelevant in measuring the success of art, but I think it's quite relevant. Besides, it makes me feel great. – Chris Van Allsburg
  2. According to my principles, every master has his true and certain value. Praise and criticism cannot change any of that. Only the work itself praises and criticizes the master, and therefore I leave to everyone his own value. – Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
  3. I like to praise and reward loudly, to blame quietly. – Catherine the Great
  4. I love criticism just so long as it's unqualified praise – Noel Coward
  5. The pat on the back, the arm around the shoulder, the praise for what was done right and the sympathetic nod for what wasn't are as much a part of golf as life itself. – Gerald R. Ford
  6. Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition! – Howell Forgy
  7. To praise it would amount to praising myself. For the entire content of the work... coincides almost exactly with my own meditations which have occupied my mind for the past thirty or thirty -five years. – Carl Friedrich Gauss
  8. There is no friend like an old friend who has shared our morning days, no greeting like his welcome, no homage like his praise – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
  9. People ask for criticism, but they only want praise – W. Somerset Maugham
  10. Modesty and unselfishness- these are the virtues which men praise and pass by. – Andre Maurois
  11. God made man merely to hear some praise of what he'd done on those Five Days. – Christopher Morley
  12. Fondly we think we honor merit then, When we but praise ourselves in other men. – Alexander Pope
  13. Christ himself wrote nothing, but furnished endless material for books and songs of gratitude and praise – Philip Schaff
  14. Unless a reviewer has the courage to give you unqualified praise I say ignore the bastard. – John Steinbeck
  15. The sweetest of all sounds is praise – Xenophon

Usage examples for praise

  1. They did sae much more than just praise me! – Between You and Me by Sir Harry Lauder
  2. He has written to her to- day warmly in praise of us both, and telling her by all means not to let the acquaintance cool, and that in such a case her loss would be much greater than mine. – The Life and Letters of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Volume I (of 2) by Florence A. Thomas Marshall
  3. You have nothing to do but praise me. – Erema My Father's Sin by R. D. Blackmore
  4. I thought Mrs. Green would praise me. – The Tale of Old Dog Spot by Arthur Scott Bailey
  5. I have long been accustomed to receive more blame, as well as more praise than I have deserved. – Benjamin Franklin by John Torrey Morse, Jr.
  6. Thank you, mother, that is sweet praise and worth going through the experience that will make a man of me. – Ralph of the Roundhouse by Allen Chapman
  7. 181 Author of the Book of Praise – A Brief Handbook of English Authors by Oscar Fay Adams
  8. Money I have none, and therefore I pay in praise which is all I have: and how ready I am to praise any one who appears to me to speak well you will very soon find out when you answer; for I expect that you will answer well. – Plato's Republic by Plato
  9. It is as hard for praise to keep the law of the head as for blame to keep the law of the heart. – A History of Nineteenth Century Literature (1780-1895) by George Saintsbury
  10. Look to yourself when men praise you, and look to yourself when men blame you. – Bunyan Characters First Series by Alexander Whyte
  11. Nothing pleased her more, even in her old age, than praise of her personal appearance. – School History of North Carolina by John W. Moore
  12. I do not praise myself for that. – The Pretty Lady by Arnold E. Bennett
  13. They say: 'Yes, he praise Germany to the sky; now I guess he talk the other side of his mouth purty good. – The Wrong Twin by Harry Leon Wilson
  14. This is strong, perhaps too strong praise – Robert Burns by Principal Shairp
  15. I never doubted but you would distinguish yourself, and your praise is now in every man's mouth. – Memoirs of Aaron Burr, Complete by Matthew L. Davis
  16. It is much to his praise – Food for the Lambs; or, Helps for Young Christians by Charles Ebert Orr
  17. And, after all, experience is a thing that all men praise – The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli
  18. Ah, passing few are they who speak, Wild, stormy month, in praise of thee. – Some Winter Days in Iowa by Frederick John Lazell
  19. Then Mary was filled with the Spirit of the Lord, and broke out into a song of praise – The Wonder Book of Bible Stories by Compiled by Logan Marshall
  20. Seth asked eagerly, trying hard not to show how delighted he was by this praise – An Amateur Fireman by James Otis

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