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Thursday, May 15, 2008

Definitions for paean

  1. A joyous song of praise, triumph, or thanksgiving.
  2. An expression of praise or joy.

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Citations for paean
Bud Guthrie had written a paean to the grizzly, calling it the "living, snorting incarnation of the wildness and grandeur of America." David Whitman, The Atlantic
If you look at what British writers were saying about England before and after the war, you read for the most part a seamless paean to the virtues of the nation's strength and identity. Hugo Young, This Blessed Plot
Origin of paean
1535-1545
Paean comes from Latin paean, "a hymn of thanksgiving, often addressed to god Apollo," from Greek paian, from Paia, a title of Apollo.