Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of commending.
  • n. Something, especially an official award or citation, that commends.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of commending; praise; favorable representation in words; recommendation.
  • n. That which is the ground of approbation or praise.
  • n. A message of affection or respect; compliments; greeting.
  • n. An award or recognition for performance; a medal.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of commending; praise; favorable representation in words; recommendation.
  • n. That which is the ground of approbation or praise.
  • n. A message of affection or respect; compliments; greeting.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of commending; praise; approbation; favorable representation in words; declaration of esteem.
  • n. That which commends or recommends; a ground of esteem, approbation, or praise.
  • n. Kind remembrance; respects; greeting; message of love: commonly in the plural.
  • n. In feudal law, the cession by a freeman to a lord of dominion over himself and his estate, the freeman thus becoming the vassal and securing the protection of the lord.
  • n. In the medieval church in England, a service consisting of psalms, said in the church over a corpse while the priest was marking and blessing the grave before proceeding to the funeral mass and the burial-service proper.
  • n. Synonyms Recommendation, encomium.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an official award (as for bravery or service) usually given as formal public statement
  • n. a message expressing a favorable opinion

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Examples

  • I have nothing to add as this stands on its own, but I just wanted to commend where commendation is due.

    The view from outside the narrative

  • Granted, it is very easy to get laughs and gasps pointing out the antics of a trained monkey dressed up as a sexy candidate for public office, but let us not lose track of the fact that she is a fringe extremist with as much chance of winning her state-wide election as Mel Gibson has of winning a commendation from the National Organization of Women.

    Dylan Brody: Christine O'Donnell Is Just a Stalking Horse in Cute Pumps

  • Let us not lose track of the fact that she is a fringe extremist with as much chance of winning state-wide election as Mel Gibson has of winning a commendation from the National Organization of Women.

    Dylan Brody: Christine O'Donnell Is Just a Stalking Horse in Cute Pumps

  • At work; I received a letter of commendation from the Superintendent for my part in the arrest of a known child molester who was caught looking at porn on a computer in Ruraltown library.

    Fatal Error « POLICE INSPECTOR BLOG

  • Oh wait -- it's not a commendation from the vice president.

    Boing Boing

  • Hugh Thompson, an Army helicopter pilot who rescued Vietnamese civilians during the My Lai massacre, reported the killings to his superior officers in a rage over what he had seen, testified at the inquiries and received a commendation from the Army three decades later, died yesterday in Alexandria, La.

    Dru Blood - I believe in the inherent goodness of all beings: News & Opinion Blogging, Jan 9, 2006

  • Thomas, the youngest of his three sons, was educated for the Protestant Church; but his inclinations sought a different field of action, and at the age of fifteen he left for India as a volunteer, where he served with his brother, Ambrose, whose gallantry in battle called down commendation from the English king.

    Speeches from the Dock, Part I

  • From the first they had, by their reckless bravery, in almost every engagement that had taken place, so distinguished themselves that they received the highest commendation from the French generals, and were almost invariably selected for specially dangerous service.

    In the Irish Brigade A Tale of War in Flanders and Spain

  • Slave Trade Treaty Bill, saying a few words in commendation of the conduct of the American Government in entering into the convention which the bill legalised. —

    Imperial Parliament

  • At the best, self-commendation is no praise, and it is oftentimes as foolish and vain as it is proud; therefore, instead of praising or commending ourselves, we should strive to approve ourselves to God, and his approbation will be our best commendation.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume VI (Acts to Revelation)

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