applause

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From the Latin applausus, from applaudō (I strike against”, “I applaud) (whence the English verb applaud).

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applause (plural applauses)

  1. The act of applauding; approbation and praise publicly expressed by the clapping of hands, stamping or tapping of the feet, acclamation, huzzas, or other means; marked commendation.
    • 1904, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, “The Adventure of the Six Napoleons”, in The Return of Sherlock Holmes[1]:
      Lestrade and I sat silent for a moment, and then, with a spontaneous impulse, we both broke at clapping, as at the well-wrought crisis of a play. A flush of colour sprang to Holmes's pale cheeks, and he bowed to us like the master dramatist who receives the homage of his audience. It was at such moments that for an instant he ceased to be a reasoning machine, and betrayed his human love for admiration and applause. The same singularly proud and reserved nature which turned away with disdain from popular notoriety was capable of being moved to its depths by spontaneous wonder and praise from a friend.

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