louanger

FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From louange +‎ -er.

PronunciationEdit

VerbEdit

louanger

  1. to praise; to laud
    Si déjà je louangeais l'hôtel de Sotchi, que dirai-je de celui de Sinop, près de Soukhoum, bien supérieur. (André Gide, Retour de l’U.R.S.S., 1936)

ConjugationEdit

This is a regular -er verb, but the stem is written louange- before endings that begin with -a- or -o- (to indicate that the -g- is a “soft” /ʒ/ and not a “hard” /ɡ/). This spelling-change occurs in all verbs in -ger, such as neiger and manger.

Usage notesEdit

The proper verb is louer but due to its polysemy, louanger is used in particular when ambiguity arises.

Further readingEdit