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Praise, subst. 1) commendation bestowed, high approbation: Sonn. 2, 8. 39, 3. 59, 14. 69, 5. 70, 11. 84, 2. 84, 2 85, 2. 95, 7. 101, 9. Compl. 226. Pilgr. 70. Pilgr. 70 Tp. IV, 10. Gent. II, 4, 196. Ado I, 1, 174. LLL II, 14. IV, 1, 17. IV, 1, 17 IV, 3, 240 “(to things of sale a seller's p. belongs).” IV, 3, 240 V, 2, 40. Merch. I, 2, 133. III, 2, 127. As II, 4, 38. Alls I, 1, 56. H4A V, 1, 87. H6A I, 6, 20. IV, 2, 33. H6B III, 1, 68. H8 I, 1, 31 (him in eye, still him in p.) etc. etc. Plur. “--s:” Lucr. 108. Sonn. 105, 3. 106, 9. Gent. II, 4, 72. Gent. II, 4, 72 As II, 3, 22. All's II, 1, 106. Wint. I, 2, 94. IV, 4, 147. R2 II, 1, 18. H4A V, 2, 57. Mcb. I, 3, 92. 99 etc. in p. of == in commendation of: Sonn. 106, 4. Ado V, 2, 5. LLL I, 2, 26. LLL I, 2, 26 V, 2, 896. Tw. I, 5, 202. H5 III, 7, 42. “to give p.” Wiv. III, 4, 62. LLL V, 2, 366. Cymb. II, 4, 92. “to have p.” All's IV, 5, 10. John III, 4, 15. Troil. III, 2, 100.
2) glorification, thanks, tribute of gratitude: “I give heaven p.” Wiv. III, 4, 62. “my vows of thanks and p.” H6B IV, 9, 14. “to sin's rebuke and my Creator's p.” H6C IV, 6, 44. cf. H6A V, 3, 173.
3) fame, renown: “if my slight Muse do please these curious days, the pain be mine, but thine shall be the p.” Sonn. 38, 14. “your p. shall still find room even in the eyes of all posterity,” 55, 10. “your p. is come too swiftly home before you,” As II, 3, 9. “the most virtuous gentlewoman that ever nature had p. for creating,” All's IV, 5, 10.
4) that which deserves to be extolled; desert, virtue: “praise, which makes your --s worse,” Sonn. 84, 14. “how many things by season seasoned are to their right p. and true perfection,” Merch. V, 108. “which is the prescript p. and perfection of a good mistress,” H5 III, 7, 49. “so to be valiant is no p. at all,” Troil. II, 2, 145. “her face the book of --s,” Per. I, 1, 15.
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