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Definition enthusiastic approval
  • he acknowledged the plaudits of the crowd
  • won prizes and plaudits
  • drew hisses from her contemporaries but plaudits from posterity
  • People call and e-mail me and Cedric with prayers, pleas, and plaudits.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • The zoo won all plaudits when compared to bloodless visits to all the notable monuments put together.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • The ballet at length came to a close, and the curtain fell amid the loud, unanimous plaudits of an enthusiastic and delighted audience.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • He reached camp before dusk, there to receive the plaudits of his comrades and also the women folks.
    Zane Grey  --  The Thundering Herd
  • The Romeo was received with hearty plaudits and unbounded favour, and Smike was pronounced unanimously, alike by audience and actors, the very prince and prodigy of Apothecaries.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • I bring the unknown multitude my treasures; Their very plaudits give my heart a pang, And those beside, whose joy my Song so flattered, If still they live, wide through the world are scattered.
    Goethe (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)  --  Faust
  • But even granting the charge in question to be true; what disordered slippery decks of a whale-ship are comparable to the unspeakable carrion of those battle-fields from which so many soldiers return to drink in all ladies' plaudits?
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • This seemed feasible enough, for Turpin's speeches were not many or long, the fascination of the piece lying entirely in the action; and accordingly the play began, and at the appointed time Black Bess leapt into the grassy circle amid the plaudits of the spectators.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • —Sent to school, 'where,' he told Grandfather, 'I learned little save that most of the deeds, good and bad both, incurring opprobrium or plaudits or reward either, within the scope of man's abilities, had already been performed and were to be learned about only from books.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • "We must believe that the gates of Heaven were thrown open to receive her ransomed spirit, and that a crown resplendent with glory was placed upon her peaceful brow whilst the plaudit "Well done, thou good and faithful servant" echoed and re-echoed through the mansions of bliss....
    Olive Ann Burns  --  Cold Sassy Tree
  • He was also to exhibit 'his astounding feat of throwing seventy-five hundred-weight in rapid succession backhanded over his head, thus forming a fountain of solid iron in mid-air, a feat never before attempted in this or any other country, and which having elicited such rapturous plaudits from enthusiastic throngs it cannot be withdrawn.'
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • Jim was a skilled guitarist who had once earned plaudits singing in the smoke-filled environs of coffeehouses at the University of Michigan.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Blind Assassin
  • I take part, I see and hear the whole, The cries, curses, roar, the plaudits for well-aim'd shots, The ambulanza slowly passing trailing its red drip, Workmen searching after damages, making indispensable repairs, The fall of grenades through the rent roof, the fan-shaped explosion, The whizz of limbs, heads, stone, wood, iron, high in the air.
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • L. Bloom, who met with a mixed reception of applause and hisses, having espoused the negative the vocalist chairman brought the discussion to a close, in response to repeated requests and hearty plaudits from all parts of a bumper house, by a remarkably noteworthy rendering of the immortal Thomas Osborne Davis' evergreen verses (happily too familiar to need recalling here) A nation once again in the execution of which the veteran patriot champion may be said without fear of...
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • When I Heard at the Close of the Day When I heard at the close of the day how my name had been receiv'd with plaudits in the capitol, still it was not a happy night for me that follow'd, And else when I carous'd, or when my plans were accomplish'd, still I was not happy, But the day when I rose at dawn from the bed of perfect health, refresh'd, singing, inhaling the ripe breath of autumn, When I saw the full moon in the west grow pale and disappear in the morning light, When I wander'd...
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass

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