applause


applause
applause, acclamation, acclaim, plaudits denote public expression of approbation.
Applause usually suggests loudness or liveliness of demonstration and often carries its literal implication of clapping hands
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she waited until the applause died down

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round after round of applause greeted him

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However, it may be used to designate any other noisy or emphatic expression of approval (as stamping of feet, cheering, or waving of flags)
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applause rang out from a hundred thousand throats— Froude

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Acclamation adds to applause the implications of eagerness, enthusiasm, and often unanimity of assent: it often retains its basic implication of crying out
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he was nominated to the office by acclamation without a ballot, and with emphatically voiced approval

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his speech was received with acclamation

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Acclaim is more poetic than acclamation though often interchanged with the latter; it sometimes carries implications of loftier deeds and more enduring esteem than acclamation
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the heroes were hailed with acclaim

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his poetry met with universal acclaim

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Plaudits, though literally equal to applause, may suggest polite or gracious rather than demonstrative expressions of approval
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the colonel bowed and smiled with very pleasant good nature at our plauditsThackeray

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Analogous words: cheering or cheers, rooting (see corresponding verbs at APPLAUD)
Antonyms: hisses: boos
Contrasted words: deriding or derision, taunting or taunts, ridiculing or ridicule, twitting, mocking (see corresponding verbs at RIDICULE)

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