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plaudit

[plaw-dit] /ˈplɔ dɪt/
noun, Usually, plaudits
1.
an enthusiastic expression of approval:
Her portrayal of Juliet won the plaudits of the critics.
2.
a demonstration or round of applause, as for some approved or admired performance.
Origin
1615-1625
1615-25; earlier plaudite (3 syllables) < Latin, 2nd person plural imperative of plaudere to applaud
Can be confused
platitude, plaudit.
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British Dictionary definitions for plaudit

plaudit

/ˈplɔːdɪt/
noun (usually pl)
1.
an expression of enthusiastic approval or approbation
2.
a round of applause
Word Origin
C17: shortened from earlier plauditē, from Latin: applaud!, from plaudere to applaud
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Word Origin and History for plaudit
n.

1620s, short for plaudite "an actor's request for applause" (1560s), from Latin plaudite! "applaud!" second person plural imperative of plaudere "to clap, strike, beat; 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. In English, the -e went silent then was dropped.

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