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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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").

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the proud parents bragged that their daughter had received many plaudits for her academic achievements
Recent Examples on the Web George spent three seasons on the live pregame show, returned in 1980 and left in 1983, winning plaudits for her warmth of her interviews with star athletes. Bruce Schreiner, Fox News, 17 May 2020 During his tenure there the agency’s proposed ban on saccharin, the artificial sweetener, was defeated, but overall his record won plaudits from industry representatives and consumer advocates alike. Sam Roberts,, 24 Apr. 2020 Nigeria’s poor data culture is most prevalent in government circles as, despite earning plaudits for its work in recent years, Nigeria’s statistics bureau remains underfunded. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, 22 Apr. 2020 The regime won plaudits from the International Monetary Fund for slashing public subsidies, but the number of Egyptians living below the poverty has grown to one-in-three. Anthony Bubalo, The New Republic, 17 Mar. 2020 Yet at the World Cup, playing in a deeper role under Martinez, De Bruyne hasn't picked up the same kind of plaudits as usual - despite Belgium's impressive start to the campaign., 30 June 2018 George spent three seasons on the live pregame show, returned in 1980 and left in 1983, winning plaudits for the warmth of her interviews with star athletes. Dallas News, 17 May 2020 Gravity Payments, a credit-card processor in Seattle that won plaudits five years ago for raising workers’ minimum pay to $70,000 a year, found a different solution. Laurent Belsie, The Christian Science Monitor, 8 May 2020 Last week Tokujin Yoshioka, the Japanese designer who created what would have been the next Olympic torch, drew plaudits for an ingenious face shield solution. Clay Chandler, Fortune, 21 Apr. 2020

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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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“Plaudit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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