Definition for PRAISE

PRAISE, n. [s as z. D. prys, praise and price; G. preis, praise, price, prize, value; Dan. priis, Sw. pris, id.; W. pris, price, value; Fr. prix; It. prezzo; Sp. precio, price, value; presa, a prize; W. prid; L. pretium: Sp. prez, glory, praise; Scot. prys, praise and prize. See the verb.]

  1. Commendation bestowed on a person for his personal virtues or worthy actions, on meritorious actions themselves, or on any thing valuable; approbation expressed in words or song. Praise may be expressed by an individual, and in this circumstance differs from fame, renown, and celebrity, which are the expression of the approbation of numbers, or public commendation. When praise is applied to the expression of public approbation, it may be synonymous with renown, or nearly so. A man may deserve the praise of an individual, or of a nation. There are men who always confound the praise of goodness with the practice. – Rambler.
  2. The expression of gratitude for personal favors conferred; a glorifying or extolling. He hath put a new song into my mouth, even praise to our God. – Ps. xi.
  3. The object, ground or reason of praise. He is thy praise, and he is thy God. – Deut. x.

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