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[plaw-dit] /ˈplɔ dɪt/
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.
Origin of plaudit
1615-25; earlier plaudite (3 syllables) < Latin, 2nd person plural imperative of plaudere to applaud
Can be confused
platitude, plaudit. Unabridged
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  • She has received many plaudits from the local and academic community for her work.
  • Lip-service to the law and due process has won plaudits overseas and boosted the economy at home.
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  • Neither figure will win it any plaudits from enviros, but there you have it.
  • The event which to-day the commemorate supplies its own reflections and enthusiasms and brings its own plaudits.
  • Sworn to secrecy, the fill-in must stand by in silence as the star receives all the praises and plaudits.
  • His focus on undergraduate education and research won particular plaudits.
  • He has won plaudits for suspending plans to build more nuclear facilities.
  • But the board gave him far more than undeserved plaudits.
  • It then scrapped its antediluvian operating system and developed an entirely new one that has won plaudits from reviewers.
British Dictionary definitions for plaudits


noun (usually pl)
an expression of enthusiastic approval or approbation
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 plaudits



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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