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[pan-i-jir-ik, -jahy-rik] /ˌpæn ɪˈdʒɪr ɪk, -ˈdʒaɪ rɪk/
a lofty oration or writing in praise of a person or thing; eulogy.
formal or elaborate praise.
Origin of panegyric
1590-1600; < Latin, noun use of panēgyricus of, belonging to a public assembly < Greek panēgyrikós, equivalent to panḗgyr(is) solemn assembly (pan- pan- + -ēgyris, combining form of ágyris gathering; cf. category) + -ikos -ic
Related forms
panegyrical, adjective
panegyrically, adverb
self-panegyric, adjective
1. homage, tribute, encomium. Unabridged
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  • Mr. Britt did not wait in his office for the completion of the panegyric.

  • Philibert looked on his friend admiringly, at this panegyric of the woman he loved.

    The Golden Dog William Kirby
  • Pliny relates in his panegyric, that he had caused five thousand free-born children to be sought out and educated.

  • But with all this panegyric, he does not seem to have been careful to be just to the memory of his hero.

  • Every panegyric contained in them is extravagant and hyperbolical, and every censure exaggerated and excessive.

  • I could not resist uttering this panegyric on our well-loved captain.

    Marmaduke Merry William H. G. Kingston
  • Ariosto took every occasion to interweave their panegyric with his verse.

  • The object of his discourse was a panegyric of himself and a satire on all other conjurors.

    Vivian Grey Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
  • The subject of this panegyric coloured a little and laughed.

    New Grub Street George Gissing
  • Or again, let us suppose that both should have occasion to pronounce a panegyric.

    Hiero Xenophon
British Dictionary definitions for panegyric


a formal public commendation; eulogy
Derived Forms
panegyrical, adjective
panegyrically, adverb
panegyrist, noun
Word Origin
C17: via French and Latin from Greek, from panēguris public gathering, from pan- + aguris assembly
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Word Origin and History for panegyric

"eulogy, laudation," c.1600, from French panégyrique (1510s), from Latin panegyricus "public eulogy," originally an adjective, "for a public festival," from Greek panegyrikos (logos) "(a speech) given in a public assembly," from panegyris "public assembly (especially in honor of a god)," from pan- "all" (see pan-) + agyris "place of assembly," Aeolic form of agora (see agora).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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