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▪ Honig lauded his wife's charity work.
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Laud \Laud\, n. [L. laus, laudis. See Laud, v. i.]

  1. High commendation; praise; honor; exaltation; glory. ``Laud be to God.''

    So do well and thou shalt have laud of the same.

  2. A part of divine worship, consisting chiefly of praise; -- usually in the pl.

    Note: In the Roman Catholic Church, the prayers used at daybreak, between those of matins and prime, are called lauds.

  3. Music or singing in honor of any one.


Laud \Laud\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Lauded; p. pr. & vb. n. Lauding.] [L. laudare, fr. laus, laudis, praise. Cf. Allow.] To praise in words alone, or with words and singing; to celebrate; to extol.

With all the company of heaven, we laud and magnify thy glorious name.
--Book of Common Prayer.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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 (cognates: Old Norse ljoð "strophe," German Lied "song," Gothic liuþon "to praise"), and from an echoic PIE root *leu-. Related: Lauded; lauding.


n. 1 praise#English or glorification. 2 hymn of praise. 3 (context in the plural also Lauds English) A prayer service following matins. vb. (context transitive intransitive English) to praise, to glorify


v. praise, glorify, or honor; "extol the virtues of one's children"; "glorify one's spouse's cooking" [syn: extol, exalt, glorify, proclaim]


Laúd is a plectrum-plucked chordophone from Spain, played also in diaspora countries such as Cuba and the Philippines.

It belongs to the cittern family of instruments, with six double courses in unison (i.e. twelve strings in pairs), similar to the bandurria, but with a longer neck.

Traditionally it is used by folk string musical groups, such as the Filipino rondalla string ensemble, together with the guitar and the bandurria. Like the bandurria, it is tuned in fourths, but its range is one octave lower.

Usage examples of "laud".

Turning weary on his truckleBed he heard the honey-suckle Lauded in apiarian lay.

The only desire of ceremonialists like Lancelot Andrewes and his disciple William Laud was to distort this precious purified religion of the word.

They lauded me for having with proper modesty refrained from quoting the holy fathers of the Church, whom at my age I could not be supposed to have sufficiently studied, and the ladies particularly admired me because there was no Latin in it but the Text from Horace, who, although a great libertine himself, has written very good things.

I celebrated the accession of the new governor by some verses which I had printed, and in which, while lauding the father, I paid conspicuous homage to the charms of the daughter.

He suddenly found himself missing Nick very much, and hating Harold Lauder more than he ever had before.

Boyton dispatched an officer to Don Nicholas with a request to be sent with his torpedo crew down to Pisco where he expected the Chileans would attempt to laud troops.

She had wondered if someone in town might not have a gasoline generator with a freezer hooked up to it on an emergency circuit, and even thought of hunting up Harold Lauder to ask him, but then Gus began to breathe his final whooping, hopeless breaths.

Laud and his associates, by reviving a few primitive institutions of this nature, corrected the error of the first reformers, and presented to the affrightened and astonished mind some sensible, exterior observances, which might occupy it during its religious exercises, and abate the violence of its disappointed efforts.

Dismissing these, she returned her attention begrudgingly to the boring passages Ivan had lauded.

Hearing Bouzes laud the metalworking skills of his troops, which could finally be put to full use by virtue of the extraordinarily well-equipped smithy located in the rear of the imperial compound, Baresmanas expressed a desire to observe the soldiers at their work.

Lauder dominie lickit intil me to ken that Achilles was a braw sodger.

For our Father George, with many of the Brothers, was present with him, but the rest remained in the choir to sing Matins and Lauds.

Its avowed aim was to laud every Rationalistic book to the skies, but to reproach every evangelical publication as unworthy the support, or even the notice, of rational beings.

Until recently, the sacramentalist Laud had not had notable success in reversing the Calvinist trends within the university or amongst the gentry, despite having the support of his monarch.

He lauded almost extravagantly my nether extremities, my swelling calves in silk hose drawn up to the limit, and eulogised glowingly my other hidden treasures in priceless lace which, he said, he could conjure up.