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hand clapping as a demonstration of approval, appreciation, acclamation, or the like.
any positive expression of appreciation or approval; acclamation.
Historical Examples

Satiated, it should seem, with the applauses of the theatre, he turned his attention to public and parliamentary speaking.
Four Early Pamphlets William Godwin

When the old man had thus far spoken, the applauses were immoderate.
The Book of Curiosities I. Platts

The street and the market-place absolutely babbled, from side to side, with applauses of the minister.
The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne

It was invariably accompanied by the applauses of the people.
History of the Girondists, Volume I Alphonse de Lamartine

Well, I must say that the applauses and the fees were honestly earned.
The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 107, September, 1866 Various

The applauses of France sweetened the disgrace of the court.
History of the Girondists, Volume I Alphonse de Lamartine

The Rome of the People is arisen; do not salute with applauses, but let us rejoice together!
At Home And Abroad Margaret Fuller Ossoli

Treaty of Seville; a part to be acted on the world-theatre, with applauses, with envies, almost from the very demi-gods?
History Of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. VI. (of XXI.) Thomas Carlyle

Thus the recollection of the applauses he used to receive from these wicked men is one aggravation of his pain.
Stories for the Young Hannah More

The applauses were vehement and prolonged; they ceased—were resumed—rose again—were reiterated—and again were hushed.
Memoirs of the Life of Sir Walter Scott, Volume V (of 10) John Gibson Lockhart

appreciation or praise, esp as shown by clapping the hands

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


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