Mawson, C.O.S., ed. (1870–1938). Roget’s International Thesaurus. 1922.

Class VI. Words Relating to the Sentient and Moral Powers
Section IV. Moral Affections
2. Moral Sentiments

931. Approbation.

   NOUN:APPROBATION, approval, approvement [obs.], bepraisement, sanction, advocacy; nod of approbation; esteem, estimation, good opinion, golden opinions, admiration; love [See Love]; appreciation, regard, account, popularity, kudos [Greek], credit; repute [See Repute].
  commendation, praise, laud, laudation; good word; meed -, tribute- of praise; encomium, eulogy, eulogium, éloge [F.], panegyric, blurb [slang]; homage, hero worship; benediction, blessing, benison.
  APPLAUSE, plaudit, clap; clapping, – of hands; acclaim, acclamation; cheer; pæan, hosanna; shout -, peal -, chorus -, thunders- of -applause &c.; prytaneum.
  WINNER, prize winner, best seller, corker [slang], peach [slang], oner [slang], the real thing [colloq.], the goods [slang].
   VERB:APPROVE, approbate, 1 think good of, think much of, think well of, think highly of; esteem, value, prize; set great store by.
  honor, hold in esteem, look up to, admire; like [See Love]; be in favor of, wish Godspeed; hail, hail with satisfaction, do justice to, appreciate.
  stand up for, stick up for [colloq.], uphold, hold up, countenance, sanction; clap -, pat- on the back; keep in countenance, indorse or endorse; give credit, recommend; mark with a white -mark, – stone.
  COMMEND, belaud, praise, laud, compliment, pay a tribute, bepraise; clap, – the hands; applaud, cheer, acclaim, acclamate [rare], encore; panegyrize, eulogize, boost [colloq., U. S.], root for [slang, U. S.], cry up, prôner [F.], puff; extol, – to the skies; magnify, glorify, exalt, swell, make much of; flatter [See Flattery]; bless, give a blessing to; have -, say- a good word for; speak -well, – highly, – in high terms- of; sing -, sound -, chant -, resound- the praises of; sing praises to; cheer -, applaud- to the -echo, – very echo.
  redound to the -honor, – praise, – credit- of; do credit to; deserve -praise &c. n.; recommend itself; pass muster.
  BE PRAISED &c.; receive honorable mention; be in favor with, be in high favor with; ring with the praises of, win golden opinions, gain credit, find favor with, stand well in the opinion of; laudari a laudato viro [L.].
   ADJECTIVE:APPROVING &c. v.; in favor of; lost in admiration; commendatory, complimentary, benedictory, laudatory, panegyrical, eulogistic, encomiastic, acclamatory, lavish of praise, uncritical.
  APPROVED, praised &c. v.; uncensured, unimpeached; popular, in good odor; in high esteem (respected) [See Respect]; in favor, in high favor.
  PRAISEWORTHY, commendable, of estimation; deserving -, worthy of- praise &c. n.; good [See Goodness]; meritorious, estimable, creditable, unimpeachable; beyond all praise.
   ADVERB:COMMENDABLY, with credit, to admiration; well [See Good]; with three times three.
   INTERJECTION:hear hear! good for you! do it again! bully for you! [slang], well done! fine! bravo! bravissimo! [It.], euge! [Greek], macte virtute! [L.], so far so good! that’s right! quite right! one cheer more! may your shadow never be less! esto perpetua! [L.], long life to! viva! [It.], evviva! [It.], Godspeed! valete et plaudite! [L.], encore! [F.], bis! [L. & F.].    QUOTATIONS:
  1. Probatum est.
  2. Tacent satis laudant.
  3. Servant of God, well done!—Paradise Lost
  4. I have bought Golden opinions from all sorts of people.—Macbeth
  5. How his silence drinks up this applause!—Troilus and Cressida
  6. We are the Jasons, we have won the fleece.—Merchant of Venice
  7. O well done! I commend your pains.—Macbeth
  8. Right noble is thy merit.—Richard II