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Examples of paean in a Sentence
his retirement party featured many paeans for his long years of service to the company
Recent Examples of paean from the Web
In the end, Nobody Speak devolves into a kitschy paean to journalistic heroism.
Sparked by an offstage brass banda, the adult chorus lifts their voices in an ecstatic paean to the Almighty, eventually joined by the pealing voices of a children's chorus representing heavenly cherubs.
A 25,000-year-old limestone carving discovered in a rock shelter in France depicts a pregnant woman holding what appears to be a bison horn with the swoop of a crescent moon and 13 small notches—a possible paean to reproductive and lunar cycles.
Isn’t so much of American culture—our movies, our TV, our sports, our music—already a paean to white, heteronormative America, coded or not?
Trump’s rationale for leaving the Paris Agreement was nonsense, a series of lies shot through with paeans to a dying coal industry and undergirded by a paranoid zero-sum approach to international relations.
A hundred thousand paeans—and one famous pan, by Richard Goldstein in The New York Times, back before the paper of record was in the habit of regularly reviewing rock records—have been written about the album.
Spicer's press room paean to his boss prompted rounds of mocking and alarm on Twitter and from cable-news pundits, some of whom compared this breathless praise to North Korean propaganda promoting the Dear Leader.
Spicer’s press room paean to his boss prompted rounds of mocking and alarm on Twitter and from cable-news pundits, some of whom compared this breathless praise to North Korean propaganda promoting the Dear Leader.
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Did You Know?
According to the poet Homer, the Greek god Apollo sometimes took the guise of Paean, physician to the gods. The earliest musical paeans were hymns of thanksgiving and praise that were dedicated to Apollo. They were sung at events ranging from boisterous festivals to public funerals, and were the traditional marching songs of armies heading into battle. Over time, the word became generalized, and it is now used for any kind of tribute.
Origin and Etymology of paean
Latin, hymn of thanksgiving especially addressed to Apollo, from Greek paian, paiōn, from Paian, Paiōn, epithet of Apollo in the hymn
First Known Use: 1589See Words from the same year
PAEAN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of paean for English Language Learners
: a song of joy, praise, or victory
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