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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Her recipe earned plaudits for its more restrained, citrusy sweetness (almost more like an orange chicken) and relatively thin but satisfying coating of batter. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, "The key to better sweet and sour chicken? Make it crispy and bright — and at home.," 4 Sep. 2019 Fried's decision to tweak Google with its own ad system earned plaudits from other business owners and some free media attention. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "Google Trolled by Small Business Over ‘Shakedown’ Search Ads," 4 Sep. 2019 In contrast to Jackson's fervent liberalism, Wilder backed capital punishment and right-to-work laws, earned plaudits from conservative commentators, and boasted of his refusal to close his state's budget shortfall by raising taxes. Steve Kornacki, NBC News, "1992: Bill Clinton builds a winning coalition, Jackson is diminished," 29 July 2019 In the years that followed, the label won awards, start-up grants and press plaudits, and its presence quickly expanded into 100 wholesale accounts and stores that included Barneys New York and Saks. New York Times, "For New York Men’s Fashion, Small Is Beautiful," 5 June 2019 The real problem is a green unwillingness to forgo shiny, meretricious plaudits for fake gestures in place of patiently laying the groundwork for something that might actually have some value. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "Electric Cars and Media Explained," 6 Nov. 2018 Most recently, Perdue won plaudits from top White House officials for moving part of his agency out of town. Alan Rappeport,, "Farmers’ frustration with Trump grows as US escalates China fight," 27 Aug. 2019 This sort of trade-off is a juvenile way of thinking: Politicians win plaudits from the public when attacking unpopular businesses. Robert Samuelson, Twin Cities, "Robert Samuelson: ‘Corporate responsibility’ and the lessons of history," 25 Aug. 2019 Summer signing Harry Maguire earned Man of the Match plaudits, while fellow new arrival Aaron Wan-Bissaka also impressed at the back., "Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Provides Latest Update on Alexis Sanchez Amid Ongoing Exit Rumours," 16 Aug. 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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