Word of the DaySaturday, October 11, 2008
\PLAW-dit\ , noun;
A round or demonstration of applause.
Enthusiastic approval; an expression of praise.
A large, robust man, he had earned the plaudits bestowed on him at that testimonial dinner through a lifetime of earnest toil.
-- James T. Fisher, Dr. America
The aim of the wise man was no longer the plaudits of the masses but autarkeia, or self-sufficiency.
-- Peter France, Hermits: The Insights of Solitude
Despite the plaudits her work received, her particular emphasis did not gain many adherents for more than a generation.
-- Michael Kammen, American Culture, American Tastes
Plaudit is from Latin plaudite, "applaud" (said by players at the end of a performance), from plaudere, "to applaud."
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