plau·dit | \ ˈplȯ-dət \

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)


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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Harry Kane's sensational form has seen the Tottenham Hotspur and England striker earn plaudits from across the football community over the past few years., "'He's Getting Better and Better': Former Spurs Striker Robbie Keane Heaps Praises Upon Harry Kane," 10 June 2018 All that said, the tech giants have earned plaudits from marketers by allowing more of their data to be measured by third-party firms and for agreeing to Measurement Rating Council audits. Lara O’reilly, WSJ, "CMO Today: Madison Avenue and Silicon Valley Tension; Vestager’s ‘Grave Suspicions’ About Google; Facebook’s Apology Ads," 26 Mar. 2018 The president got plaudits for holding wide-ranging conversations in the Roosevelt Room about immigration and guns, but his lack of familiarity with the issues led him to make statements that angered allies and interest groups. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: North Korea summit prep encapsulates Trump’s winging-it presidency," 11 June 2018 Puppet designer Susan Gratch merits special plaudits for her work on the whale's animation and mouth movement. Tom Titus,, "On Theater: Friends come in all shapes and sizes," 24 May 2018 Any doubts about Talley's eminence in his field are immediately dispelled by plaudits from such figures as Marc Jacobs, Anna Wintour and Tom Ford. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Gospel According to Andre': Film Review | Tribeca 2018," 27 Apr. 2018 And Kimmel, who won plaudits this season for his strong moral stands on issues like gun violence and health care, and who went to war with Sean Hannity, should also. Scott Feinberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "Emmys: Battle Among Late-Night Talk Hosts Should Make for Morning's Most Suspenseful Reveal," 11 July 2018 Performed in Dutch on a bare stage, experimental director Ivo van Hove’s 2008 version won plaudits for its stark intensity. Steven Winn, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘Angels,’ a once-prescient masterpiece, returns to its Bay Area birthplace," 15 Apr. 2018 The freshman senator's approach has so far earned him some bipartisan plaudits. NBC News, "Alabama Democrat Doug Jones walks tightrope with Trump and his own party," 2 July 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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