1. Commendation for worth; approval expressed; honor rendered because of excellence or worth; laudation; approbation. "There are men who always confound the praise of goodness with the practice." (Rambler)

Praise may be expressed by an individual, and thus differs from fame, renown, and celebrity, which are always the expression of the approbation of numbers, or public commendation.

2. Especially, the joyful tribute of gratitude or homage rendered to the Divine Being; the act of glorifying or extolling the Creator; worship, particularly worship by song, distinction from prayer and other acts of worship; as, a service of praise.

3. The object, ground, or reason of praise. "He is thy praise, and he is thy God." (Deut. X)

Synonyms: Encomium, honor, eulogy, panegyric, plaudit, applause, acclaim, eclat, commendation, laudation.

Origin: OE. Preis, OF. Preis price, worth, value, estimation. See Praise, Price.

(01 Mar 1998)

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