lau·​da·​to·​ry ˈlȯ-də-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce laudatory (audio)
: 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 Released in a France still reeling from President Charles de Gaulle (see The Day of the Jackal above), Army of Shadows was thought to be an unfashionably laudatory depiction of the Resistance’s violent methods. Dennis Perkins,, 5 Apr. 2024 Kraft has been laudatory of Vrabel dating back to the former linebacker's days with New England, which included helping the franchise win three titles as a linebacker. USA TODAY, 11 Jan. 2024 Giving an overabundance of something for nothing financial earned five attorneys from the Florida Keys to Palm Beach, three South Florida judges and a Hollywood law firm laudatory notice at The Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Awards. David J. Neal, Miami Herald, 27 Jan. 2024 Past Lives prove the case, even though laudatory reviewers avoided mentioning the film’s globalist intentions and sentiments. Armond White, National Review, 19 Jan. 2024 On the contrary, the predominant official assessment of the banking sector, and the largest banks in particular, has been laudatory. Kevin Fromer, Fortune, 6 Dec. 2023 The nearly 1,000-page result, published by Ecco in 2003 with a laudatory introduction by the literary critic Harold Bloom, consumed two years of her working life and was widely regarded as a masterpiece. Emily Langer, Washington Post, 7 Sep. 2023 His 2007 feature, My Winnipeg, was seen as a laudatory and mocking ode to his hometown. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 5 Oct. 2023 The release had laudatory statements from the governor and several others, including Senate president pro tempore Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, who had been urging Newsom to seek assistance for the border problem. Michael Smolens, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1555, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of laudatory was in 1555

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“Laudatory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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lau·​da·​to·​ry ˈlȯd-ə-ˌtōr-ē How to pronounce laudatory (audio)
: expressing praise

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