noun pan·e·gy·ric \ˌpa-nə-ˈjir-ik, -ˈjī-rik\

Definition of panegyric

  1. :  a eulogistic oration or writing composed a panegyric about Tchaikovsky for the concert program; also :  formal or elaborate praise


play \-ˈjir-i-kəl, -ˈjī-ri-\ adjective


play \-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

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Examples of panegyric in a sentence

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

Did You Know?

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.

Origin and Etymology of panegyric

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

Synonym Discussion of panegyric

encomium, eulogy, panegyric, tribute, citation mean a formal expression of praise. encomium implies enthusiasm and warmth in praising a person or a thing received encomiums from literary critics. eulogy applies to a prepared speech or writing extolling the virtues and services of a person delivered the eulogy at the funeral service. panegyric suggests an elaborate often poetic compliment her lyrical memoir was a panegyric to her mentor. tribute implies deeply felt praise conveyed either through words or through a significant act the concert was a musical tribute to the early jazz masters. citation applies to the formal praise of a person offered in a military dispatch or in awarding an honorary degree earned a citation for bravery.

PANEGYRIC Defined for English Language Learners


noun pan·e·gy·ric \ˌpa-nə-ˈjir-ik, -ˈjī-rik\

Definition of panegyric for English Language Learners

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

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