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Examples of panegyric in a sentence
wrote a panegyric on the centennial of the Nobel laureate's birth
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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.
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
PANEGYRIC Defined for English Language Learners
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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