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applause

[uh-plawz] /əˈplɔz/
noun
1.
hand clapping as a demonstration of approval, appreciation, acclamation, or the like.
2.
any positive expression of appreciation or approval; acclamation.
Origin of applause
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Latin applausus struck upon, applauded (past participle of applaudere), equivalent to ap- ap-1 + plaud- clap + -tus past participle suffix
Related forms
applausive
[uh-plaw-siv, -ziv] /əˈplɔ sɪv, -zɪv/ (Show IPA),
adjective
self-applause, noun
unapplausive, adjective
Synonyms
2. acclaim, plaudit, praise.
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Examples from the Web for applause
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  • This short speech was received with applause by the combatants.

  • Her applause was not languid applause, neither was it without discrimination.

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
  • On the tide of applause which congratulated the boat's only baronet, I rose.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • When I came on to the stage I was always greeted by applause from these young men.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • Victor Hugo finished his speech in the midst of applause and cheers.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
British Dictionary definitions for applause

applause

/əˈplɔːz/
noun
1.
appreciation or praise, esp as shown by clapping the hands
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Word Origin and History for applause
n.

early 15c., from Latin applausus, past participle of applaudere "approve by clapping hands" (see applaud).

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