Definition of laudatory in US English:



  • (of speech or writing) expressing praise and commendation.

    ‘enthusiastic and laudatory articles’
    • ‘The obituary is highly laudatory, a testimony of praise for a creative artist.’
    • ‘During the union election, all the New York dailies ran highly laudatory articles about him.’
    • ‘If I were to read all of the laudatory comments that arrived both on the evaluation sheets and via e-mail, my hat size would go up by several points; I'll try to resist that.’
    • ‘I can remember taking particular note of the laudatory comments about him in these publications.’
    • ‘With one qualified exception they have been laudatory, have commended his integrity, his reliance upon his God, his brilliance as a soldier, his restless energy as head of state.’
    • ‘In spite of my laudatory remarks for the governor of the Central Bank, the whole system has to change.’
    • ‘Nothing suits her better than bucking her party and getting all those nice laudatory articles about what a maverick she is.’
    • ‘Here's a sampling of laudatory comments culled from the archives.’
    • ‘On War, which had first been translated in 1873, was republished in 1908 to the accompaniment of many laudatory commentaries.’
    • ‘Yet if the laudatory comments of his students are true, they suggest a fairness in his classroom manner often absent in his writing.’
    • ‘The inscriptions are replete with complimentary titles and laudatory sentiments and are finely enameled in the purplish gray background characteristic of wares made for him.’
    • ‘Many laudatory speeches during birthday parties and eulogies during funerals simply skip over this time and construct biographical outlines without these years.’
    • ‘The house itself is not in the best of repair, of course, and that may be the main problem with laudatory celebrations this summer.’
    • ‘It got very laudatory comments from the commander of the Battalion.’
    • ‘The laudatory nature of this article was treated with some scepticism by many of the residents.’
    • ‘Peter the Great at once commissioned it from Danzig masters and presented it to her with a laudatory poem that glorified her military exploits.’
    • ‘He didn't want his 50th jubilee to be celebrated at all, let alone celebrated with the customary pompous laudatory speeches.’
    • ‘As usual, the media wrote laudatory profiles about the 30-year-old, black, Southern New Democrat who represented the future of the party.’
    • ‘General Andrew Jackson himself made laudatory comments regarding black fighting men in the War of 1812.’
    • ‘I have even received three laudatory letters from black prisoners, all recounting how they subscribed to the party-faithful line in their youth but have rejected it since.’
    full of praise, complimentary, congratulatory, praising, extolling, acclamatory, adulatory, commendatory, admiring, approving, approbatory, flattering, celebratory, glorifying, eulogizing, eulogistic, panegyric, panegyrical
    View synonyms


Mid 16th century: from late Latin laudatorius, from laudat- ‘praised’, from the verb laudare (see laud).