You know you've hit it big when you earn acclaim, or enthusiastic approval. And when you have achieved "critical acclaim," even the grouchy critics approve of you.

The word acclaim comes from the Latin word acclamare, which means to cry out. So it only makes sense that the verb acclaim means to offer enthusiastic praise or applause. "The book was critically acclaimed, but most of the students found it to be stupefyingly boring."

Definitions of acclaim
  1. noun
    enthusiastic approval
    “the book met with modest acclaim
    synonyms: acclamation, eclat, plaudit, plaudits
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    type of:
    approval, commendation
    a message expressing a favorable opinion
  2. verb
    praise vociferously
    synonyms: hail, herald
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    type of:
    express approval of
  3. verb
    clap one's hands or shout after performances to indicate approval
    synonyms: applaud, clap, spat
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    boo, hiss
    show displeasure, as after a performance or speech
    applaud with shouts of `bravo' or `brava'
    type of:
    gesticulate, gesture, motion
    show, express or direct through movement
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