Synonyms & Antonyms of citation

1 a formal expression of praise
  • the citation for the Nobel Prize winner noted his major contributions to quantum theory

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2 a formal recognition of an achievement or praiseworthy deed
  • a police officer who has received several citations for his work with troubled youths in the city

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3 a passage referred to, repeated, or offered as an example
  • in your paper be sure to include citations to back up any points you make about the play

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Frequently Asked Questions About citation

How does the noun citation differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of citation are encomium, eulogy, panegyric, and tribute. While all these words mean "a formal expression of praise," 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

When can encomium be used instead of citation?

The words encomium and citation are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, encomium implies enthusiasm and warmth in praising a person or a thing.

received encomiums from literary critics

When might eulogy be a better fit than citation?

The meanings of eulogy and citation largely overlap; however, eulogy applies to a prepared speech or writing extolling the virtues and services of a person.

delivered the eulogy at the funeral service

When could panegyric be used to replace citation?

In some situations, the words panegyric and citation are roughly equivalent. However, panegyric suggests an elaborate often poetic compliment.

her lyrical memoir was a panegyric to her mentor

When is tribute a more appropriate choice than citation?

While the synonyms tribute and citation are close in meaning, 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

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The first known use of citation was in the 14th century

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“Citation.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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