praise·​wor·​thy | \ ˈprāz-ˌwər-t͟hē How to pronounce praiseworthy (audio) \

Definition of praiseworthy

: laudable a praiseworthy effort

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Other Words from praiseworthy

praiseworthily \ ˈprāz-​ˌwər-​t͟hə-​lē How to pronounce praiseworthily (audio) \ adverb
praiseworthiness \ ˈprāz-​ˌwər-​t͟hē-​nəs How to pronounce praiseworthiness (audio) \ noun

Examples of praiseworthy in a Sentence

praiseworthy efforts to develop an AIDS vaccine a praiseworthy effort to introduce inner-city youths to the visual arts

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Indeed, this praiseworthy initiative needs to go further. The Economist, "Europe heroically defends itself against veggie burgers," 28 June 2019 His simplicity and humility is always praiseworthy. Aya Batrawy, The Seattle Times, "Pope caps visit to Arabian Peninsula with historic Mass," 5 Feb. 2019 On the plus side of the ledger, the microphone and wireless performance of Audio-Technica’s M50xBT are both praiseworthy. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Audio-Technica M50xBT review: better beats," 12 Nov. 2018 Even shows like Drag Race still operate with certain ideas of what constitutes praiseworthy drag, and their acting challenges often rely on clichéd caricatures of histrionic women using their sexuality and feminine wiles to catfight one another. Daniel Villarreal, Vox, "Drag queens are more political than ever. Can they lead a movement?," 5 Nov. 2018 And many of those who have started accounts are indeed praiseworthy do-gooders, looking to help people in often-extreme distress. Elizabeth Llorente, Fox News, "Sometimes GoFundMe goes right, sometimes very wrong ... and sometimes, way off the rails," 13 Sep. 2018 But some Southern Baptist women say their denomination, the country's largest Protestant group, needs to do more than pass praiseworthy resolutions. Daniel Burke, CNN, "'A foretaste of the wrath of God:' Southern Baptists to confront scandals at national meeting," 11 June 2018 So is Elon Musk a Sim who has managed to avoid being turned off by being entertaining and praiseworthy? Eben Weiss, Outside Online, "Let's Fire Elon Musk Into Space," 31 May 2018 This is perhaps the most embarrassing incident for Musk: After days of attacking the media and proposing a new platform for readers to assess an author’s credibility, Musk recommended a praiseworthy article of his argument in The Knife. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "Here are the three most head-scratching tweets from Elon Musk this holiday weekend," 27 May 2018

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First Known Use of praiseworthy

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of praiseworthy

: deserving praise : worthy of praise


praise·​wor·​thy | \ ˈprāz-ˌwər-t͟hē How to pronounce praiseworthy (audio) \

Kids Definition of praiseworthy

: deserving praise a praiseworthy goal

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