Word of the DayWednesday, July 09, 2014
\pan-i-JIR-ik, -JAHY-rik\ , noun;
a lofty oration or writing in praise of a person or thing; eulogy.
formal or elaborate praise.
And I hope this little panegyric will not be offensive to their ears, since it has the advantage of being only designed for themselves.
-- Jonathan Swift, A Tale of a Tub, 1704
Then had come Lord Henry Wotton with his strange panegyric on youth, his terrible warning of its brevity.
-- Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, 1891
Panegyric comes from the Greek word panḗgyr(is) meaning "solemn assembly." It entered English at the end of the 1500s.
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