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claque

Theatre a group of people hired to applaud

Claque

 

a group hired to act as spectators and promote the bogus success or downfall of an actor or an entire performance. Claques are frequently employed in capitalist countries, especially in opera theaters.

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All this while anti-violence claques kept insisting it was motion picture mayhem that threatened to desensitize and entire nation.
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His once-fanatic claques, wounded and confused, defected to new icons.