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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR AUDIENCE

The moment a man begins to be conscious of an audience he is artistically damned.

Then I as much dreaded the audience as I had wished for it before.

The audience are variously affected; but none are indifferent.

At any rate, we have ample evidence of the turbulence of the early Roman audience.

Aside to audience in comic despair, with appropriate gesture.

The subject is one which can be popularized to suit even such an audience.

Strada was the only member of the company who interested the audience.

Besides, a man must have an audience when he is an expert in swearing.

A look of intelligence passed between the members of his audience.

I understood the shuddering thrill that passed over the audience.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., "the action of hearing," from Old French audience, from Latin audentia "a hearing, listening," from audientum (nominative audiens), present participle of audire "to hear," from PIE compound *au-dh- "to perceive physically, grasp," from root *au- "to perceive" (cf. Greek aisthanesthai "to feel;" Sanskrit avih, Avestan avish "openly, evidently;" Old Church Slavonic javiti "to reveal"). Meaning "formal hearing or reception" is from late 14c.; that of "persons within hearing range, assembly of listeners" is from early 15c. (French audience retains only the older senses). Sense transferred 1855 to "readers of a book." Audience-participation (adj.) first recorded 1940.

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