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 Still, Turley received a copy of a laudatory video that would have been shared at the retirement gala as well as scores of accolades from friends, colleagues and admirers. The Salt Lake Tribune, "How an accidental historian won over critics and shed light on two of Mormonism’s darkest hours," 10 May 2020 There has been no shortage of laudatory coverage of Haaland’s appointment. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "Deb Haaland’s Ascent and the Complicated Legacy of Native Representation," 22 Feb. 2021 Professor Zhang, the Shanghai virologist, went unmentioned in the laudatory official reports. New York Times, "25 Days That Changed the World: How Covid-19 Slipped China’s Grasp," 1 Jan. 2021 Demand was expected to surge when Trump made a laudatory video after receiving the Regeneron medication and promised to make the antibody treatments free to patients needing them. Author: Laurie Mcginley, Anchorage Daily News, "Only one COVID-19 treatment is designed to keep people out of the hospital. Many overburdened hospitals are not offering it.," 31 Dec. 2020 While initial reviews were laudatory, more substantive critiques emerged. Lorraine Berry, Los Angeles Times, "8 books you should read instead of ‘Hillbilly Elegy’," 19 Nov. 2020 But that body of opinion is itself too laudatory toward the central bank. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "The Capital Letter: Week of September 7," 11 Sep. 2020 And true to that reputation, famed designer Martin Margiela doesn't deign to show his face in Reiner Holzemer's laudatory documentary. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Martin Margiela: In His Own Words': Film Review," 12 Aug. 2020 The initiation ritual seemed to our outsider ears to be a bit adolescent, but the work the A.O.F. did (and does) for its members in providing insurance for families and financial support is laudatory. Star Tribune, "Medal is from 1800s British 'friendly society'," 28 July 2020

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First Known Use of laudatory

1555, in the meaning defined above

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“Laudatory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of laudatory

formal : expressing or containing praise

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