Adjective "acclaim" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Praise enthusiastically and publicly.
  1. 'The world acclaims the hero who marches to triumph at the head of a great people.'
  2. 'For decades it has been acclaimed as pop music's lost masterpiece, the holy grail of rock and the best album never made.'
  3. 'But to prove just how fickle us motoring journalists can be, a straw poll among the test party found opinions pretty-well equally divided, half giving the petrol the thumbs up and the others acclaiming the diesel.'
  4. 'This as their visiting fans acclaimed their team with a volley of applause that would have done justice to a rookery of seals.'
  5. 'TWO acclaimed pieces of drama are set to treat Malvern audiences to a couple of top-class nights out.'
  6. 'In our sixth annual awards, the Doors team acclaims the people and events that are revving up the next digital revolution'
  7. 'YORK acclaims itself as a cycling city, and perhaps it is, if you can survive the pot holes, hazardous junctions and bike-blind drivers.'
  8. 'Some have likened the book to a ‘French War and Peace’ and others have evoked Anne Frank's diary but critics are united in acclaiming it as one of the most important novels about the occupation.'
  9. 'Their albums are usually acclaimed by critics and music nerds, but fail to become major hits.'
  10. 'His work is widely acclaimed and was recognised by Sir Isaac Newton as a front-runner to his own theories.'


Enthusiastic and public praise.
  1. 'He starred in the first festival in 1995, helping to win it national acclaim.'
  2. 'Barbarian Invasions has won plaudits and critical acclaim in Canada and elsewhere.'
  3. 'She has also won acclaim as a short story writer, with one of her collections being aired on TV as a prime time serial.'
  4. 'All his novels are written in French, and they have received great acclaim there, winning the country's top prizes.'
  5. 'Their debut album has sold over a million copies worldwide since its release in February and has won critical acclaim.'
  6. 'Chicago has already won critical acclaim and attracted big box office takings in London and the United States.'
  7. 'He has achieved it without sponsorship, riches or public acclaim.'
  8. 'They may even benefit, if, in this secular society, the offer of public acclaim succeeds in stimulating the mean to give.'
  9. 'The novel won her international acclaim, earning her a Whitbread nomination.'
  10. 'The movie has won critical acclaim and tasted commercial success in the West.'

More definitions

verb (used with object)

1. to welcome or salute with shouts or sounds of joy and approval; applaud: to acclaim the conquering heroes.

2. to announce or proclaim with enthusiastic approval: to acclaim the new king. verb (used without object)

3. to make acclamation; applaud.


4. acclamation (defs 1, 2).


Early 17th century (in the sense ‘express approval’): from Latin acclamare, from ad- ‘to’ + clamare ‘to shout’. The change in the ending was due to association with claim. Current senses date from the 17th century.