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From Latin plaudite, second-person plural imperative of plaudere (to applaud).



plaudit (plural plaudits)

  1. (often in the plural) A mark or expression of applause; praise bestowed.
    • 1862, Washington Irving, Works of Washington Irving, page 490:
      The roof now rung with bravos, handkerchiefs were waved on every side, “three cheers,” again and again, and plaudit upon plaudit following in such quick succession, begun, ended, and begun again, that it was some time before the toast with which Mr. Irving concluded, could be heard.
    • 1918, Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Gods of Mars, page 109:
      They were very orderly- there were neither scoffs nor plaudits, and when they saw us at the window above them there were many who buried their faces in their arms and wept.
    • 2011 November 5, Phil Dawkes, “QPR 2 - 3 Man City”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      City have lapped up the plaudits this season for a series of handsome wins but manager Roberto Mancini has demanded that his side also learn to grind out results when they do not play well. He now has an example to point to.


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  1. third-person singular present active indicative of plaudō