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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
For such self-praise bears excellent fruit, since much more and better praise springs from it as from seed.
"Plutarch's Morals" by Plutarch
This praise was the praise of Shenstone; but, like all other modes of felicity, it was not enjoyed without its abatements.
"The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. in Nine Volumes" by Samuel Johnson
But louder than those of books are the praises of Meditation.
"The Young Maiden" by A. B. (Artemas Bowers) Muzzey
Silvain, thanking her warmly, endeavours to induce her to care more for her outward appearance, praising her pretty features.
"The Standard Operaglass" by Charles Annesley
The aim of His act of blessing is to evoke in our hearts the love that praises.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
Well, to Allah the praise; but it is their doing!~.~.~.
"The Valley of the Kings" by Marmaduke Pickthall
And as he handled the wound, he had praised her courage.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
It is difficult to say, for one never knows when he is praising or when he is condemning.
"My Recollections of Lord Byron" by Teresa Guiccioli
Chide a friend in private, and praise him in public.
"Life and Literature" by J. Purver Richardson
We must, however, praise the generally salty atmosphere.
"Writings in the United Amateur, 1915-1922" by Howard Phillips Lovecraft
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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
Praise is due Mario Livio and the efficient staff of the STScI for the smooth organization of an exciting meeting.
Tracking The Baryon Density From The Big Bang To The Present
For this initiative and the excellent organization of the workshop QCD-N’02 the organizers, and more in particular Wolf-Dieter Nowak and Enzo de Sanctis, deserve all praise.
Concluding remarks on QCD-N'02 Workshop at Ferrara
His silent colleague simply strolled before him, -How could he answer better?! -- all adored him! And praised his wise reply with great devotion.
Zeno meets modern science
This is usually followed by the statement that their praised future nuclear energy technology will avoid proliferation problems1 .
The Future of Nuclear Energy: Facts and Fiction Chapter IV: Energy from Breeder Reactors and from Fusion?
While at such conferences typically only the final results of long analysis chains are shown, it is easy to forget and praise all the immense work and ingenuity, which has gone into the design, construction, commissioning and operation of the various accelerators and the corresponding experiments.
Moriond 2012, QCD and High Energy Interactions: Experimental Summary
But this study was done with due respect to his memory, and in praise of his research and teaching.
The role of references in the astronomical discourse
In Guth’s seminal paper he introduced the idea of inflation, sung its praises, and showed that the model that he based the idea upon did not work! Thanks to very important contributions by Linde and Albrecht and Steinhardt that was quickly remedied, and today there are many viable models of inflation.
Inflation: From Theory to Observation and Back
Jonathan Cape, London 2005 p77 ibid p72-3 See Also Levi-Montalcini, R In Praise of Imperfection: My life and Work, Basic Books New York, 1988. See also Wolpert, Lewis, Organisation in Cells, Academic Press New York, 1963. See Also Zeki, S, A Vision of the Brain, Blackwell, Oxford 1994 Blakemore, Colin.
Role of Glia cells in the formation of memory in the brain
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