pan·​e·​gy·​ric | \ ˌpa-nə-ˈjir-ik How to pronounce panegyric (audio) , -ˈjī-rik How to pronounce panegyric (audio) \

Definition of panegyric

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

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panegyrical \ ˌpa-​nə-​ˈjir-​i-​kəl How to pronounce panegyric (audio) , -​ˈjī-​ri-​ \ adjective
panegyrically \ ˌpa-​nə-​ˈjir-​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce panegyric (audio) , -​ˈjī-​ri-​ \ adverb

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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

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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.

Examples of panegyric in a Sentence

wrote a panegyric on the centennial of the Nobel laureate's birth
Recent Examples on the Web Yet, once the protagonist Vellitt Boe leaves her capricious, cruel fantasy realm behind, there follows a panegyric to this world. Siddhartha Deb, The New Republic, "The Shadow Over H.P. Lovecraft," 19 Mar. 2021 As this panegyric suggests, Charles’s political career in the United States was dead on arrival. David Klion, The New Republic, "The Conscience of Bret Stephens," 24 Sep. 2019 And all of the above is unbeknownst to Grace, who, in her speech at the wedding feast, delivers a panegyric to her parents for their total fabulosity, and whose life is about to be upended. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "“After the Wedding” Flouts Its Own Rules," 9 Aug. 2019 Schlesinger’s liberal panegyrics can still be read with pleasure, even if one winces at his reluctance to abide any serious criticism of his idols. Michael Kazin, New York Times, "A Liberal Historian’s Imprint on Mid-Century America," 2 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of panegyric

1603, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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

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The first known use of panegyric was in 1603

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“Panegyric.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of panegyric

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

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