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

n an official award (as for bravery or service) usually given as formal public statement

Type of:
accolade, award, honor, honour, laurels
a tangible symbol signifying approval or distinction

n a message expressing a favorable opinion

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
permission to go; the sending away of someone
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
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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