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), 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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He's won all of the individual awards, all of the plaudits, all of the Liverpool fans' hearts., "The Second Coming of Pepe: Sergio Ramos Is the Perfect B*stard Who'll Do Whatever it Takes to Win," 27 May 2018 Times columnist Steve Lopez was a finalist — for the third time in his career — in the commentary category, earning plaudits for his columns on the growing divide between California's haves and have-nots. Matt Pearce,, "Weinstein stories that sparked #MeToo win Pulitzer Prize," 17 Apr. 2018 But perhaps the new policy of indefinite family detention will win plaudits from a wider audience and help hold back a Democratic wave. Evan Horowitz,, "Families will be kept together — in detention. What does Trump hope to gain?," 20 June 2018 Beijing’s determination to tame China’s soaring debt levels has won plaudits from bullish observers who believe the government is finally tackling its key economic problem. Shen Hong, WSJ, "China’s Bond-Market Mystery: Why Aren’t There More Defaults?," 12 June 2018 Shortly after taking office in early June, Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez won plaudits from aid groups for welcoming to Spain 630 migrants from the Aquarius, a rescue ship that had been turned away by Italy and Malta. Raphael Minder, New York Times, "Spain’s Migrant Wave Grows, Even as Europe’s Subsides," 30 June 2018 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

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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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