from The Century Dictionary.
- noun An obsolete form of plaudit.
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- noun Obsolete form of
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And before pronouncing the “Vos plaudite!” or, as Easterns more politely say, “I implore that my poor name may be raised aloft on the tongue of praise,” let me invoke the fair field and courteous favour which the Persian poet expected from his readers.
I fear the piece is at an end with the King of Prussia, and he may say ilicet; I am sure he may personally say plaudite.
As we see in Augustus Caesar (who was rather diverse from his uncle than inferior in virtue), how when he died he desired his friends about him to give him a plaudite, as if he were conscious to himself that he had played his part well upon the stage.
This is as it should be, for the _Misses_ ought to have an equal chance with the _Masters_ -- at least so say we, -- _plaudite_, clap your little hands, and _valete_, good bye!
No more of old Tiresias! nunc, spectatores, Iovis summi causa clare plaudite.
Maxime. te, Philaenium, mihi atque uxoris mortem, hoc Venerium est. pueri, plaudite et mi ob iactum cantharo mulsum date.
_ Cp. the well-known epitaph: -- 'iam mea peracta, mox vestra agetur fabula: valete et plaudite.'
In his _Penelope's Web_ he writes: "They which smiled at the theatre in Rome might as soon scoff at the rudeness of the scene as give a plaudite at the perfection of the acting."
Whatever time is assigned to each to live, with that he ought to be content; for neither need the drama be performed entire by the actor in order to give satisfaction, provided he be approved in whatever act he may be; nor need the wise man live till the _plaudite_.
So his friends are bidden 'to clap their hands and shout a loud _plaudite_'.
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