If you got a commendation for your brave deeds during the earthquake, then congratulations! A commendation is an award praising someone’s actions.

A commendation can be an official award for notable action, often given out by a government or other group. A police officer might receive a special commendation for being particularly brave. This kind of commendation is often awarded at a public ceremony. You can also use commendation more broadly to mean "praise," even if it's not official. It'd be nice to tell your teacher she deserves commendation for the good-natured way she has handled your rowdy class all year.

Definitions of commendation
  1. noun
    an official award (as for bravery or service) usually given as formal public statement
    synonyms: citation
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    type of:
    accolade, award, honor, honour, laurels
    a tangible symbol signifying approval or distinction
  2. noun
    a message expressing a favorable opinion
    synonyms: approval
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    the expression of disapproval
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    official recognition or approval
    countenance, endorsement, imprimatur, indorsement, sanction, warrant
    formal and explicit approval
    credit, recognition
    connivance, secret approval, tacit consent
    (law) tacit approval of someone's wrongdoing
    approval to do something
    the expression of approval and support
    acclaim, acclamation, eclat, plaudit, plaudits
    enthusiastic approval
    applause, clapping, hand clapping
    a demonstration of approval by clapping the hands together
    a cry or shout of approval
    congratulations, extolment, kudos, praise
    an expression of approval and commendation
    testimonial, tribute
    something given or done as an expression of esteem
    authorisation, authority, authorization, sanction
    official permission or approval
    O.K., OK, okay, okeh, okey
    an endorsement
    an endorsement made in a passport that allows the bearer to enter the country issuing it
    nihil obstat
    the phrase used by the official censor of the Roman Catholic Church to say that a publication has been examined and contains nothing offensive to the church
    commemoration, memorial, remembrance
    a recognition of meritorious service
    ovation, standing ovation
    enthusiastic recognition (especially one accompanied by loud applause)
    salutation, salute
    an act of honor or courteous recognition
    all clear
    permission to proceed because obstacles have been removed
    permission to do something
    the sending away of someone; permission to go
    green light
    permission to proceed with a project or to take action
    permission to do something
    laissez passer, pass
    a document indicating permission to do something without restrictions
    pass, passport
    any authorization to pass or go somewhere
    a round of applause to signify approval
    a clap of the hands to indicate approval
    an outburst of applause
    a Japanese cheer of enthusiasm or triumph
    a cry of approval as from an audience at the end of great performance
    hooray, hurrah
    a victory cheer
    a sudden outburst of cheers
    an exaggerated expression (usually of praise)
    encomium, eulogy, paean, panegyric, pean
    a formal expression of praise
    eulogium, eulogy
    a formal expression of praise for someone who has died recently
    good word, recommendation, testimonial
    something that recommends (or expresses commendation of) a person or thing as worthy or desirable
    accolade, compliment
    a remark (or act) expressing praise and admiration
    abetment, abettal, instigation
    the verbal act of urging on
    cheering, shouting
    encouragement in the form of cheers from spectators
    advancement, furtherance, promotion
    encouragement of the progress or growth or acceptance of something
    fosterage, fostering
    encouragement; aiding the development of something
    goad, goading, prod, prodding, spur, spurring, urging
    a verbalization that encourages you to attempt something
    incitement, provocation
    needed encouragement
    vote of confidence
    an expression of approval and encouragement
    type of:
    content, message, subject matter, substance
    what a communication that is about something is about
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