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

Halston the film is revelatory, laudatory (to a point), and instructive. Vogue, "Watch an Exclusive Clip of Halston Before Its Sundance Premiere—And Read What the Director and Producer Say About Its Making," 23 Jan. 2019 The recipe appeared in pre-Thanksgiving print ads and TV commercials, and a laudatory Associated Press story ran nationwide. F.k. Plous, WSJ, "Inventing a Thanksgiving Favorite," 16 Nov. 2018 Some of Bolsonaro’s most controversial statements involve his laudatory remarks about Brazil’s brutal military dictatorship. Jen Kirby, Vox, "4 things to know about Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil’s new far-right president," 29 Oct. 2018 Harvard Law touted Kavanaugh’s ties to the school on its website after his Monday night nomination and included laudatory statements from fellow professors, including Goldsmith. Matt Viser,, "At Harvard Law School, he’s Professor Kavanaugh," 11 July 2018 Another of her relatives was often posting laudatory stories about the president on Facebook and dismissing many of the attacks against him as purely political, until one day Crooks decided to email her. Eli Saslow, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump accuser keeps telling her story, hoping someone will finally listen," 20 Feb. 2018 From Trump's perspective, the Enquirer's most laudatory act might not have been reporting on an affair involving Edwards but rather covering up alleged affairs involving Trump. Callum Borchers, Washington Post, "The drama behind Trump’s assertion that the National Enquirer deserved a Pulitzer," 16 Apr. 2018 Hendershott was an old-school gentleman in all the good and laudatory ways that implies., "Remembering Jon Hendershott; the latest on Mt. SAC's stadium; Oregon track & field rundown," 12 Apr. 2018 His remarks on Friday extolling Kim's gun-barrel grip on power ratcheted up similar laudatory comments since Tuesday's summit. Eli Stokols,, "Trump voices admiration and envy of Kim Jong Un, underscoring his respect for autocrats," 15 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'laudatory.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of laudatory

1555, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about laudatory

Statistics for laudatory

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for laudatory

The first known use of laudatory was in 1555

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for laudatory



English Language Learners Definition of laudatory

formal : expressing or containing praise

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on laudatory

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with laudatory

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for laudatory

Nglish: Translation of laudatory for Spanish Speakers

Comments on laudatory

What made you want to look up laudatory? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


a small bunch of flowers

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!