What is the Definition of Praise?


Praise is the action of praising. Praise, as such, refers to the action of celebrating something positive with words. Hence, praises are, fundamentally, statements that exalt the value or virtue of a person, of a place, an object, an idea or a divine being.

In this way, praise is the act of celebrating the good, of glorifying an achievement, of recognizing the value and importance of something, of praising someone’s virtues. For this reason, praise is used by religion to raise words of praise towards the supreme being and his divine work, likewise, rhetoric recognizes praise as a discursive genre focused on extolling the virtues or qualities of someone or something.

Praise in religion

In religion, praise is the act of making positive affirmations about God and his works. In the Christian religion, praise is directed to God and Jesus Christ and, as such, focuses on describing, thanking and celebrating God and his works, hence it is an indissoluble part of the Christian liturgy. The Judaism, meanwhile, practiced praise God and his actions in history. The book of Psalms , in the Bible, on the other hand, shared by both religious doctrines, contains a series of songs and poems of praise to Yahweh. Praise can be done inwardly, when we pray, or can be expressed externally, in the form of songs and prayers.

Rhetoric Praise

In the field of rhetoric, as praise the discursive genre is known focused on commending a person, a locality, a divinity, etc., with the purpose of highlighting their attributes, virtues and qualities, and honoring them.