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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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 Moreover, India’s central bank has won plaudits for its inflation-targeting regime—a stark contrast to its peer in Ankara. Andrew Peaple, WSJ, "Indian Markets Look Headed for Further Extremes," 17 Aug. 2018 The British filmmaker, who died last week at the age of 90, first won plaudits in the 1960s as a cinematographer specializing in European productions. Peter Tonguette, WSJ, "Remembering Nicolas Roeg’s Stream of Consciousness," 27 Nov. 2018 Carney, who is Canadian and is reportedly interested in returning to politics back home, won plaudits for helping to calm financial markets in the wake of Britain’s vote in June 2016 to leave the EU. Pan Pylas, The Seattle Times, "Bank of England’s Carney extends term at helm to Jan 2020," 11 Sep. 2018 The Australia international won plaudits for his performances in David Wagner's midfield last season after his loan from Manchester City was made permanent in a £10m transfer last summer., "Everton and Southampton Target £18m Huddersfield Star in Premier League Transfer Battle," 21 June 2018

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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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