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I appreciate his laudable efforts to save the environment.
  worthy of high praise
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lauder laudable laudation laudably
Strongly Associated with:   laud, laudatory
Word Mastery:  Often confused with laudatory (praising).
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  • I appreciate his laudable efforts to save the environment.
  • Positively, free trade is laudable for the way it encourages us to see to members of unfamiliar groups as partners, not enemies.
    Will Wilkinson  --  Capitalism and Human Nature  -- 06/29/06)
  • Although those goals are laudable, their execution remains riddled with problems.
    Adam Thierer  --  The Bush Administration’s Broadband Policy Record  -- 06/28/06)
  • Job placement and training for seniors are fairly laudable objectives.
    John Samples and Ivan Osorio  --  Big Government Swallows Its Opponents  -- 06/29/06)

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  • I want to acknowledge the laudable contributions from those who preceded me.
  • I read most of them with laudable zeal, but few of them really appealed to me.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • But I remember now I am in this earthly world; where to do harm is often laudable; to do good sometime accounted dangerous folly:
    William Shakespeare  --  Macbeth
  • The whole little society entered into this laudable design, according to their different abilities.
    Voltaire  --  Candide
  • and you are now sailed into the north of my lady’s opinion; where you will hang like an icicle on Dutchman’s beard, unless you do redeem it by some laudable attempt either of valour or policy.
    William Shakespeare  --  Twelfth Night
  • A laudable attitude.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind

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    Norton Juster  --  The Phantom Tollbooth
  • In response to such letters from wives, a good many Union soldiers wrote as did an Ohio lieutenant: "Our Fathers made this country, we, their children are to save it …. and you should …. experience a laudable pride in the part your [husband and brothers] are now taking to suppress the greatest rebellion the history of the world has ever witnessed….
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • This was his day off and with laudable initiative he had hurried out "to see."
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • The genius for laudation characteristic of the race was in that phrase.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Some looked at him across the desk, kindly and vaguely, and their manner seemed to say that it was touching, his ambition to be an architect, touching and laudable and strange and attractively sad as all the delusions of youth.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • No aim that I have ever cherished would they recognise as laudable; no success of mine—if my life, beyond its domestic scope, had ever been brightened by success—would they deem otherwise than worthless, if not positively disgraceful.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • Having supposed that there was sense where there is no sense, and a laudable ambition where there is not a laudable ambition, I am well out of my mistake, and no harm is done.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • This was that the scholars of Avonlea school should get up a concert and hold it in the hall on Christmas Night, for the laudable purpose of helping to pay for a schoolhouse flag.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • To increase understanding is a laudable goal, hence the definitions and explanations given below.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • This is laudable and tragic.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • We are doing a laudable thing in saving mademoiselle, and yet we should be hung by order of the king if we were caught.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • It is a reasonable and laudable pride which resists such malevolence.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • When you told Mrs. Bennet this morning that if you ever resolved upon quitting Netherfield you should be gone in five minutes, you meant it to be a sort of panegyric, of compliment to yourself—and yet what is there so very laudable in a precipitance which must leave very necessary business undone, and can be of no real advantage to yourself or anyone else?
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • ’That’s a laudable proceeding on the part of our aunt, at all events,’ said Steerforth, when I mentioned it; ’and one deserving of all encouragement.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Don Diego and his son commended his laudable resolution, and bade him furnish himself with all he wanted from their house and belongings, as they would most gladly be of service to him; which, indeed, his personal worth and his honourable profession made incumbent upon them.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • The planes were decorated with flamboyant squadron emblems illustrating such laudable ideals as Courage, Might, Justice, Truth, Liberty, Love, Honor and Patriotism that were painted out at once by Milo’s mechanics with a double coat of flat white and replaced in garish purple with the stenciled name M & M ENTERPRISES, FINE FRUITS AND PRODUCE.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • For I have always borne that laudable partiality to my own country, which Dionysius Halicarnassensis, with so much justice, recommends to an historian: I would hide the frailties and deformities of my political mother, and place her virtues and beauties in the most advantageous light.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • And she determined within herself to make this laudable attempt.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • Merciful providence had been pleased to put a period to the sufferings of the lady who was enceinte which she had borne with a laudable fortitude and she had given birth to a bouncing boy.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • The Judgement does but suggest what circumstances make an action laudable, or culpable.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • And by hideous contrast, a redundant orator was making a speech to another gathering not thirty steps away, in fulsome laudation of "our glorious British liberties!"
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • Yes, certainly, Morris’s self-control was laudable.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • We jog on as decently as we can, you a little in front—a laudable little party.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • A visitor coming with such laudable intentions might be received with more attention and consideration than if he came from simple curiosity.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • ’Very philosophical,’ returned the stranger, ’and very exemplary and laudable, and — ’ It seemed to be scarcely worth his while to finish the sentence, so he played with his watch-chain wearily.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • We had left Miles indoors, on the red cushion of a deep window seat; he had wished to finish a book, and I had been glad to encourage a purpose so laudable in a young man whose only defect was an occasional excess of the restless.
    Henry James  --  The Turn of the Screw
  • …friend Master Bates, joined in the hue-and-cry which was raised at Oliver’s heels, in consequence of their executing an illegal conveyance of Mr. Brownlow’s personal property, as has been already described, they were actuated by a very laudable and becoming regard for themselves; and forasmuch as the freedom of the subject and the liberty of the individual are among the first and proudest boasts of a true-hearted Englishman, so, I need hardly beg the reader to observe, that this…
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • The desire to know that one has not looked an absolute fright during a few hours of conversation may be construed as lying within the bounds of a laudable benevolent consideration for others.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • Indolence and love of ease; a want of all laudable ambition, of taste for good company, or of inclination to take the trouble of being agreeable, which make men clergymen.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • Had his forms of expression changed, or his sentiments become less laudable?
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • The Good of the People was a laudable enough goal, but in denying a man’s soul, an enduring part of his being, Marxism stripped away the foundation of human dignity and individual value.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • It had the best of taste, the best of inexpensive rugs, a simple and laudable architecture, and the latest conveniences.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • Although Farfrae had never so passionately liked Henchard as Henchard had liked him, he had, on the other hand, never so passionately hated in the same direction as his former friend had done, and he was therefore not the least indisposed to assist Elizabeth-Jane in her laudable plan.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • The subject of this laudation was a very little canary, who was so tame that he was brought down by Mr. Boythorn’s man, on his forefinger, and after taking a gentle flight round the room, alighted on his master’s head.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • This old reprobate was one of the sufferers when Cotton Mather, and his brother ministers, and the learned judges, and other wise men, and Sir William Phipps, the sagacious governor, made such laudable efforts to weaken the great enemy of souls, by sending a multitude of his adherents up the rocky pathway of Gallows Hill.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • The engine at this moment took its station in advance of the cars, looking, I must confess, much more like a sort of mechanical demon that would hurry us to the infernal regions than a laudable contrivance for smoothing our way to the Celestial City.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Celestial Railroad
  • "—"Right!" cries Jones: "what can be more innocent than the indulgence of a natural appetite? or what more laudable than the propagation of our species?
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • Locksley now proceeded to the distribution of the spoil, which he performed with the most laudable impartiality.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • Above all things she commended a strict maidenly reserve, as being not only a very laudable thing in itself, but as tending materially to strengthen and increase a lover’s ardour.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • If you wish, I could make a laudable case for your defection.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
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