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extol (someone or something) as (something)

To highlight and praise the positive aspects of someone or something by depicting it or them as having a certain quality or fulfilling a certain role. After he made that sizable donation, we extolled him as the savior of the program.
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extoll the virtues of (someone or something)

To highlight and praise the positive aspects of someone or something. My mother is always extolling the virtues of meditation, but it just doesn't do anything for me.
See also: extoll, of, virtue
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AaAaAa The monarch also stressed that this occasion "is a propitious time which prompts us to meditate on the lofty values extolled in the message of the Prophet Mohamad and think about the multiple meanings it conveys."
Unfortunately, the authors do not make much mention of the parallel development of social assistance programs, particularly for poor women, and of the way these programs undermined the principles of universality and inclusiveness which the social reformers of the late 19th-century extolled, and which many social policy scholars today still regard as of vital importance in income maintenance.
They are indoctrinated into the virtues extolled by the American Dream--honesty, hard work, competence, social justice, and modesty.
soldiers that extolled the successes of the American occupation of Iraq.
I WAS intrigued by a recent front page of the Racing Post that extolled the success of Pricewise over the summer.
LWV of Vermont extolled their work on instant runoff voting and education; Oklahoma's League announced a 17 percent membership growth; and the LWV of Mississippi proudly reported their success on election administration reform.
Agi Orsi was also featured in Hemp World magazine where she extolled the virtues of the natural fiber and lectured in Hungarian.
Ellison, chairman and chief executive officer of Oracle Corporation (Nasdaq: ORCL), the world's largest enterprise software company, recently extolled the life sciences industry for engineering quantum leaps in scientific knowledge and drug therapy, and reaffirmed Oracle's long-standing and continuing commitment to facilitate and assist the valuable research and discovery efforts under way by biosciences, genomic and pharmaceutical companies.
An article in the Detroiter's special technology issue in September extolled the virtues of the Ricochet Wireless network by Metricom.
These specifications come out of the Six Sigma system extolled by the management theory company of the same name.
For years, energy companies have extolled the virtues of natural gas: inexpensive, clean burning, ecologically sound, safe.
It's a form that Canadians understand, having grown up in an environment that extolled great short films.
When the Telecommunications Act of 1996 was signed, it was extolled by both media and industry pundits, each hailing it as a piece of landmark legislation that promised to change the face of telecommunications forever.
Cleanness not only extolls heterosexual love-making not aimed at reproduction, it characterizes its celebration of loveplay as emanating from the Creator.