plau·​dit | \ ˈplȯ-dət How to pronounce plaudit (audio) \

Definition of plaudit

1 : an act or round of applause
2 : enthusiastic approval usually used in plural received the plaudits of the critics

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Synonyms & Antonyms for plaudit


acclamation, applause, cheer, cheering, ovation, rave(s), réclame


booing, hissing

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Plaudit was borrowed into English in the early 17th century from a form of the Latin verb plaudere, meaning "to applaud." "Plaudere" is, of course, also the ancestor of "applaud" and "applause," as well as of "explode," "plausible," and the now archaic "displode" (a synonym of "explode").

Examples of plaudit in a Sentence

the proud parents bragged that their daughter had received many plaudits for her academic achievements

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His move came off the back of a successful loan spell which saw him earn plaudits from pundits and fans alike., "Andre Gomes: 6 Reasons Why Everton Have Landed Themselves an Absolute Bargain," 26 June 2019 Ranging from superhero adventures to tales of a lonely robot on a post-apocalyptic Earth, its 21 movies to date have earned plaudits for being artistically adventurous and telling stories ostensibly aimed at kids that have just as many adult fans. Allegra Frank, Vox, "All 21 Pixar movies, definitively ranked," 27 June 2019 Chile put in a sterling effort against Sweden, with goalkeeper Endler deservedly taking away plenty of plaudits for her individual performance in the narrow defeat, but there was very little chance of them taking anything away from this one., "USA 3-0 Chile: Report, Ratings & Reaction as USWNT Qualify for Knockout Rounds With Comfortable Win," 16 June 2019 Ruben Loftus-Cheek impressed this past week for England in his 10 minute World Cup cameo, and deservedly won many plaudits for his work rate and creativity., "Ruben Loftus-Cheek Eyeing Regular Game Time Next Season Amid Rumours of Potential Chelsea Exit," 21 June 2018 But the program has also won international plaudits. Vidhi Doshi, Washington Post, "India’s vast biometric ID program was supposed to end corruption. But the neediest may be hit hardest.," 25 Mar. 2018 The formidable midfielder has earned great plaudits in recent weeks after sensational performances against Manchester United, Arsenal and Juventus and will no doubt be on the plane to Russia for the World Cup this summer...with Belgium., "Joey Barton Embarrassingly Claims Belgium's Mousa Dembele Should Replace Paul Pogba in French Squad," 20 Feb. 2018 House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who won plaudits from Democrats for her hard-line negotiating tactics during the shutdown, will be seated behind the president — a visual reminder of Trump’s political opposition. Julie Pace, The Seattle Times, "Trump to call for unity, face skepticism in State of Union," 4 Feb. 2019 The months ahead will determine whether the French leader can salvage the pro-business agenda that won him plaudits at Davos. Stacy Meichtry, WSJ, "Macron’s Tumble Tells a Larger Story," 21 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of plaudit

1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for plaudit

Latin plaudite applaud, plural imperative of plaudere to applaud

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to complain fretfully

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