lau·​da·​to·​ry | \ ˈlȯ-də-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce laudatory (audio) \

Definition of laudatory

: of, relating to, or expressing praise laudatory reviews

Examples of laudatory in a Sentence

The play received mostly laudatory reviews.
Recent Examples on the Web The laudatory article carried a lofty headline, praising Facebook for fighting misinformation ahead of the 2020 presidential election. Washington Post, "Article or ad? Teen Vogue removes glowing Facebook story without explanation," 9 Jan. 2020 Despite the laudatory efforts of Chinese healthcare workers, however, and forceful statements from Beijing, allegations of an initial -- and potentially even ongoing -- cover-up continue to hang over the Wuhan outbreak. James Griffiths, CNN, "Wuhan is the latest crisis to face China's Xi, and it's exposing major flaws in his model of control," 23 Jan. 2020 Grant had often been depicted in either laudatory or disdainful terms — as a brilliant military tactician or as a drunken boor who was a failure at everything except war. Matt Schudel, Washington Post, "William McFeely, author of Pulitzer-winning biography of U.S. Grant, dies at 89," 20 Dec. 2019 In her column, Hunter also addressed criticism that the Register had looked into King’s past and decided to note the old tweets near the end of an otherwise laudatory profile. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Des Moines Register reporter out after past offensive tweets," 27 Sep. 2019 At first, the occupation received laudatory press coverage, and the young occupiers were viewed sympathetically by many San Franciscans. Gary Kamiya,, "How the Native American occupation of Alcatraz turned sour," 29 Nov. 2019 That’s a laudatory reference to Dylann Roof, the white supremacist who shot and killed nine black people in 2015 at a church in Charleston, South Carolina. Washington Post, "Man linked to neo-Nazi group pleads guilty to gun charges," 12 Nov. 2019 Renowned poets are constantly dropping laudatory verses about you. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "A personality quiz for fans of math and history: Are you a Newton or a Leibniz?," 10 Nov. 2019 There’s a chapter laudatory about Bush, another chapter is excoriating. Hal Boedeker,, "Scott Pelley: Journalism central to democracy’s survival," 23 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of laudatory

1555, in the meaning defined above

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25 Feb 2020

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“Laudatory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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formal : expressing or containing praise

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