lau·da·to·ry | \ˈlȯ-də-ˌtȯr-ē \

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

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 Local reviews have been laudatory, and her voice sounds as powerful and assured as ever. Joshua Barone, New York Times, "Susan Graham, Opera’s Sweetheart, Tries Something New: Being Nasty," 5 June 2018 The fact sheet contained laudatory statements by former US intelligence leaders, including John Brennan and James Clapper, whom Trump routinely attacks because of their service in the Obama administration. Jennifer Williams, Vox, "Gina Haspel, Trump’s controversial pick for CIA director, explained," 9 May 2018 The White House released several other reports that were laudatory toward Jackson late Tuesday, including his performance reviews for the past four years. Washington Post,, "Trump rallies behind VA nominee after suggesting he should drop out of 'ugly' process," 25 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of laudatory

1555, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of laudatory

: expressing or containing praise

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a state of commotion or excitement

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