noun \ˌpa-nə-ˈjir-ik, -ˈjī-rik\

: something (such as a speech or a piece of writing) that praises someone or something

Full Definition of PANEGYRIC

:  a eulogistic oration or writing; also :  formal or elaborate praise
pan·e·gy·ri·cal \-ˈjir-i-kəl, -ˈjī-ri-\ adjective
pan·e·gy·ri·cal·ly \-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of PANEGYRIC

  1. <wrote a panegyric on the centennial of the Nobel laureate's birth>


Latin panegyricus, from Greek panēgyrikos, from panēgyrikos of or for a festival assembly, from panēgyris festival assembly, from pan- + agyris assembly; akin to Greek ageirein to gather
First Known Use: 1603

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Rhymes with PANEGYRIC


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Eulogistic oration or laudatory discourse. The panegyric originally was a speech delivered at an ancient Greek general assembly (panegyris), such as the Olympic and Panathenaic festivals. Speakers frequently advocated Hellenic unity by expounding on the former glories of Greek cities; hence the elaborate and flowery connotations of the term. Later Roman speakers praised and flattered eminent persons, especially emperors, in panegyrics. The form was also used in the European Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Baroque era.


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