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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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Examples from the web for panegyric
  • When the year came round the poet presented his panegyric.
  • Never was funeral panegyric so eloquent as the silent look of sympathy which strangers exchanged when they met on that day.
  • The spontaneous outpouring of every heart in a community is the highest panegyric that can be offered to departed worth.
  • What a panegyric upon the goahead character of our people.
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).

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