acclaim

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

n enthusiastic approval

“the book met with modest acclaim
Synonyms:
acclamation, eclat, plaudit, plaudits
Type of:
approval, commendation
a message expressing a favorable opinion

v praise vociferously

Synonyms:
hail, herald
Type of:
applaud
express approval of

v clap one's hands or shout after performances to indicate approval

Synonyms:
applaud, clap, spat
Antonyms:
boo, hiss
show displeasure, as after a performance or speech
Types:
bravo
applaud with shouts of `bravo' or `brava'
Type of:
gesticulate, gesture, motion
show, express or direct through movement

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