noun pan·e·gy·ric \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

Other Literature Terms

apophasis, bathos, bildungsroman, bowdlerize, caesura, coda, doggerel, euphemism, poesy, prosody

Rhymes with PANEGYRIC


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