praise / prāz/ • v. [tr.] express warm approval or admiration of: we can't praise Chris enough—he did a brilliant job. ∎ express one's respect and gratitude toward (a deity), esp. in song: we praise God for past blessings.• n. the expression of approval or admiration for someone or something: the audience was full of praise for the whole production. ∎ the expression of respect and gratitude as an act of worship: give praise to God.PHRASES: praise be archaic used as an expression of relief, joy, or gratitude.sing the praises of express enthusiastic approval or admiration of (someone or something): Uncle Felix never stopped singing her praises.DERIVATIVES: praise·ful / -fəl/ adj.
See also 210. HONORS and REGALIA .
- a written or spoken passage conveying disapproval or censure. Cf. eulogy. —dyslogist, n. —dyslogistic, dyslogistical, adj.
- formal praise; an elaborate or ceremonial panegyric or eulogy. —encomiast, n. —encomiastic, adj.
- a written or spoken passage conveying approval, praise, and laudation, often of someone who has just died. Cf. dyslogy —eulogistic, eulogistical, adj. —eulogist, n.
- 1. a formal speech of praise.
- 2. any form of enthusiastic praise. —panegyric, panegyrical, adj. —panegyrist, n.
Praise ★★★ 1998
Firsttime director Curran scores big with this downbeat sexanddrugs saga. Gordan (Fenton) has quit his convenience store job to spend his time drinking with his mates in his grubby Brisbane apartment. Former coworker Cynthia (Holder) invites Gordon to her parents' empty house where the duo spend their time with various chemical substances, alcohol, and sex. They wind up sticking together out of mutual need and never rise above their marginal existence. Still, both director and actors deliv er a powerful production. Adapted from the novel by McGahan, who wrote the screenplay. 97m/C VHS, DVD . AU Peter Fenton, Sacha Horler; D: John Curran; W: Andrew McGahan; C: Dion Beebe. Australian Film Inst. '99: Actress (Horler), Adapt. Screenplay.
sing the praises of express enthusiastic approval or admiration of.
See also damn with faint praise.