So, Sarit Hashkes, allow me to add my plaudit to those already offered you by your 3,300-plus supporters.
Like both men Vidal was arguably a gay radical and hero, although he would have hated the plaudit.
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.