As its sound might suggest, plaudit is indeed related to “applaud” and “applause.” In fact it’s really just a fancy way of saying “praise” or “acclamation.”

Plaudit is used more in a literary sense than in spoken English, and particularly applies to the reception of a work of art, most notably a play. In fact, the word comes from the Latin plaudite, loudly uttered by Roman actors at the end of a play and meaning “applaud!” Kind of like cue cards for game show audiences now.

Definitions of plaudit
  1. noun

    enthusiastic approval

    “he acknowledged the
    plaudits of the crowd”
    acclaim, acclamation, eclat, plaudits
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    type of:

    approval, commendation

    a message expressing a favorable opinion

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