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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 one of the recurring ironies of Mr. Simon’s career, his relationship with Mr. Garfunkel hit the skids even as the latter song, a paean to unflagging friendship, was earning platinum status.
These chewy, fatty, charred nuggets of porky goodness are at once a paean to masters of the form such as Honey 1 and Lem's and a so-crazy-it-just-might-work inspiration that are in a class by themselves.
The paeans to working together partly reflect legislative necessity.
The hearings offered charlatans and heroes, revelations of corruption and paeans to justice, as if paper-rattling soap operas, mostly starring white men in suits, spun out in grainy footage beneath the Capitol rotunda.
But Shafer was also careful to still place a premium on truth: My paean to activist and partisan journalism does not include the output of the columnists and other hacks who arrange their copy to please their Democratic or Republican Party patrons.
Donald Trump successfully channeled that spirit in 2016—just without the usual scaffolding of conservative principles and paeans to Ronald Reagan.
The filmmakers don't hide their personal connections, but these aren't necessarily unvarnished paeans of praise.
There’s also, of course, Ava DuVernay’s 13th, Errol Morris’s weird, luminous CIA saga Wormwood, that fun if disposable Amanda Knox doc, Griffin Dunne’s paean to Joan Didion, the recent, absorbing series Flint Town, and many more.
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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.
PAEAN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of paean for English Language Learners
: a song of joy, praise, or victory
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