Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913 + 1828)
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Praise (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Praised (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Praising.] [OE. preisen, OF. preisier, prisier, F. priser, L. pretiare to prize, fr. pretium price. See Price, n., and cf. Appreciate, Praise, n., Prize, v.]
1. 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.
Prov. xxxi. 31.
We praise not Hector, though his name, we know,
Is great in arms; 't is hard to praise a foe.
2. 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!
Ps. cxlviii. 2.
3. To value; to appraise. [Obs.]
Syn. -- To commend; laud; eulogize; celebrate; glorify; magnify. -- To Praise, Applaud, Extol. To praise is to set at high price; to applaud is to greet with clapping; to extol is to bear aloft, to exalt. We may praise in the exercise of calm judgment; we usually applaud from impulse, and on account of some specific act; we extol under the influence of high admiration, and usually in strong, if not extravagant, language.
Praise, n. [OE. preis, OF. preis price, worth, value, estimation. See Praise, v., Price.]
1. 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.
may be expressed by an individual, and thus differs from fame
, and celebrity
, which are always the expression of the approbation of numbers, or public commendation.
2. 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.
3. The object, ground, or reason of praise.
He is thy praise, and he is thy God.
Syn. -- Encomium; honor; eulogy; panegyric; plaudit; applause; acclaim; eclat; commendation; laudation.