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a letter of commendation for superior performance
  an official award (as for bravery or service) usually given as formal public statement

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a message expressing praise
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  • a letter of commendation for superior performance
  • She received a commendation for bravery for rescuing the old woman from the burning home.
  • praise has ever been the reward of virtue, and those who are virtuous cannot fail to receive commendation.
    Miguel Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • Her family and friends administered comfort and commendation liberally.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women

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  • I was vain of his commendations, and softened towards the being by whose means I earned them
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • The duke hath offered him letters of commendations to the king.
    William Shakespeare  --  All’s Well That Ends Well
  • And the commendation was given under the strictest secrecy.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • Did you miss the commendation ceremony where I was rewarded for the disposal of forty illegals?
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Among the Hidden
  • Could this Captain Randall possibly be Frank’s ancestor, the soldier with the sterling record, gallant on the field of battle, recipient of commendations from dukes?
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Pratte and his crew were given special commendations.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken

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  • I leave him to your gracious acceptance, whose trial shall better publish his commendation.’
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice
  • Miss Bennet was therefore established as a sweet girl, and their brother felt authorized by such commendation to think of her as he chose.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • Even in the best, most friendly and simplest relations of life, praise and commendation are essential, just as grease is necessary to wheels that they may run smoothly.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • It was The Vengeance who, amidst the warm commendations of the audience, thus assisted the proceedings.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • —he is full so valiant; And in his commendations I am fed,— It is a banquet to me.
    William Shakespeare  --  Macbeth
  • Kohler took a sharp left and entered a wide hallway adorned with awards and commendations.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • And that he’d been a marine, served in Iraq, and received a couple of commendations.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Lucky One
  • I gave a few sentences of commendation to Heathcliff, and he, either for a headache or a pang of envy, began to cry: so I got up and left him.’
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • To prove to newcomers that he really had been a man of consequence once, he still had the letter of commendation he had received from Colonel Cathcart.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Sir Francis pressed the worthy fellow’s hand, and his master said, "Well done!" which, from him, was high commendation; to which Passepartout replied that all the credit of the affair belonged to Mr. Fogg.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • We cannot better employ your time, and if you produce something useful, you will be rewarded with the commendations of all.’
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • Frequent indications of applause escaped the listeners, who, as they uttered the expressive "Hugh!" looked at each other in commendation of the speaker.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • But they had what remained of their army to comfort; they left him and strode among their soldiers, dispensing words of consolation to the wounded and commendations of bravery to all.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • Such commendations had been bestowed upon his bravery, that he could not, for the life of him, help postponing the explanation for a few delicious minutes; during which he had flourished, in the very zenith of a brief reputation for undaunted courage.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • She was ever strict—I remember it well—a goodly wench and worthy all commendation.
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • What should have been a reassuring commendation seemed more like a bitter pill that he now refused to swallow.
    William P. Young  --  The Shack
  • I expressed my sense of this commendation, and said I was very sorry we were going to lose one another.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Once Rosalie received Alice’s commendation on my hair, she was sent off to retrieve my dress and then to locate Jasper, who had been dispatched to pick up my mother and her husband, Phil, from their hotel.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • First there came mimeographed letters of commendation, then real letters signed by the Secretary of the Treasury, and not with a rubber stamp either.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • My father was already uneasy in his mind at what he had heard of them, nor was the fact that Angus was the importer of them a commendation; consequently, it may have been with some prejudice that he went to inspect them.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • If that happened, the captain and the sergeant would have little choice but to take him off desk duty and put him back on patrol again—with a glowing commendation for his file.
    Carl Hiassen  --  Hoot
  • "I am not a fool," I said, speaking in a low voice, pleased by the commendation in his eyes, a little hurt by it as well.
    Kamala Markandaya  --  Nectar in a Sieve
  • I value not her censure any more than I should do her commendation.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • At that hour most of the others were sewing likewise; but one class still stood round Miss Scatcherd’s chair reading, and as all was quiet, the subject of their lessons could be heard, together with the manner in which each girl acquitted herself, and the animadversions or commendations of Miss Scatcherd on the performance.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Her family and friends administered comfort and commendation liberally.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • Such conversation as one may hear would not warrant a commendation of the scene upon intellectual grounds.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • Albeit you have deserv’d High commendation, true applause, and love, Yet such is now the duke’s condition, That he misconstrues all that you have done.
    William Shakespeare  --  As You Like It
  • May’t please your lordship, ’tis a word or two Of commendations sent from Valentine, Deliver’d by a friend that came from him.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Two Gentlemen of Verona
  • I want to see the paper work done by the turn of the next watch, along with a nice letter of commendation for my signature.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • And a matter of an hour later, as we were lying in a den on the sea-shore and I had been already dozing, he broke out again in commendations of her character.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Kidnapped
  • Challenge me the count’s youth to fight with him; hurt him in eleven places; my niece shall take note of it: and assure thyself there is no love-broker in the world can more prevail in man’s commendation with woman than report of valour.
    William Shakespeare  --  Twelfth Night
  • Perhaps He does not even require of us that we save this one sparrow, anymore than we save the one sparrow which we do save for any commendation from Him.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • The same authority observes that she is perfectly got up and remarks in commendation of her hair especially that she is the best-groomed woman in the whole stud.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • Such a tenderly-shaped reproach for his previous delay was the one speech in the language that he could pardon for not being commendation of his readiness now.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • Of this he examined the whole minutely, his commendation escaping him more than once in audible comments.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • Presidential commendations have a way of raising a career man’s grade level.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • "The better for thee, if it prove so," said the Preceptor; "if no champion appears, it is not by thy means that this unlucky damsel shall die, but by the doom of the Grand Master, with whom rests all the blame, and who will count that blame for praise and commendation."
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • Las Tours of the Four Castles had for chatelaine Blanche Somebody-or-other who was called as a term of commendation, La Louve—the She-Wolf.
    Ford Madox Ford  --  The Good Soldier
  • Coming as the control did from without, perfect men and methods would have bettered all things; and even with imperfect agents and questionable methods, the work accomplished was not undeserving of commendation.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • Why, i’ faith, methinks she’s too low for a high praise, too brown for a fair praise, and too little for a great praise; only this commendation I can afford her, that were she other than she is, she were unhandsome, and being no other but as she is, I do not like her.
    William Shakespeare  --  Much Ado About Nothing
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