Definition of panegyric
- composed a panegyric about Tchaikovsky for the concert program
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wrote a panegyric on the centennial of the Nobel laureate's birth
On certain fixed dates throughout the year, the ancient Greeks would come together for religious meetings. Such gatherings could range from hometown affairs to great national assemblies, but large or small, the meeting was called a panēgyris. (That name comes from pan, meaning "all," and agyris, meaning "assembly.") At those assemblies, speakers provided the main entertainment, and they delivered glowing orations extolling the praises of present civic leaders and reliving the past glories of Greek cities. To the Greeks, those laudatory speeches were panēgyrikos, which means "of or for a panēgyris." Latin speakers ultimately transformed panēgyrikos into the noun panegyricus, and English speakers adapted that Latin term to form panegyric.
First Known Use: 1603See Words from the same year
: something (such as a speech or a piece of writing) that praises someone or something
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