noun Usually, plaudits.
an enthusiastic expression of approval: Her portrayal of Juliet won the plaudits of the critics.
a demonstration or round of applause, as for some approved or admired performance.

1615–25; earlier plaudite (3 syllables) < Latin, 2nd person plural imperative of plaudere to applaud

platitude, plaudit. Unabridged
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plaudit (ˈplɔːdɪt)
1.  an expression of enthusiastic approval or approbation
2.  a round of applause
[C17: shortened from earlier plauditē, from Latin: applaud!, from plaudere to applaud]

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Word Origin & History

1624, short for plaudite (1567), from L. plaudite! "applaud!" second person plural imperative of plaudere "to clap, applaud, approve," of unknown origin (also in applaud, explode). This was the customary appeal for applause that Roman actors made at the end of a play.
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Example sentences
The camera work here rates a plaudit for projecting a solid atmosphere of shoddiness and futility.
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