be·​laud bi-ˈlȯd How to pronounce belaud (audio)
belauded; belauding; belauds

transitive verb

: to praise usually to excess

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You may recognize the word laud (meaning "to praise or extol") in belaud. In fact, belaud was formed by combining the prefix be- and the verb laud. Since be- can denote both "to a greater degree" and "excessively or ostentatiously," it perhaps should come as no surprise that while laud may imply praise to a deserved degree, belaud often has the connotations of unreasonable or undeserved praise. Incidentally, both laud and by extension belaud derive from the Latin verb laudare, which in turn traces back to laud-, meaning "praise." Other descendants of laud- in English include laudatory, laudable, and even laudation, meaning "an act of praising."

Examples of belaud in a Sentence

critically belauded in his heyday, that early 20th-century novelist is now largely forgotten

Word History

First Known Use

1820, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of belaud was in 1820


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Cite this Entry

“Belaud.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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