panegyric

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj panegyric formally expressing praise
    • n panegyric a formal expression of praise
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Panegyric An oration or eulogy in praise of some person or achievement; a formal or elaborate encomium; a laudatory discourse; laudation. See Synonym of Eulogy.
    • a Panegyric Containing praise or eulogy; encomiastic; laudatory. "Panegyric strains.""Some of his odes are panegyrical ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • panegyric Addressed to a festal assembly; epidictic; hence, containing praise or eulogy; of the nature of panegyric; encomiastic.
    • n panegyric A eulogy, written or spoken, in praise of some person or achievement; a formal or elaborate encomium.
    • n panegyric Praise bestowed on some person, action, or character; laudation: as, a tone of exaggerated panegyric.
    • n panegyric Synonyms Encomium, etc. see eulogy.
    • panegyric To praise.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Panegyric pan-ē-jir′ik an oration or eulogy in praise of some person or event: an encomium
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Quotations

  • Samuel Johnson
    Samuel%20Johnson
    “Every other enjoyment malice may destroy; every other panegyric envy may withhold; but no human power can deprive the boaster of his own encomiums.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    Samuel%20Johnson
    “The highest panegyric, therefore, that private virtue can receive, is the praise of servants.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. panegyricus, Gr. panhgyrico`s, from panh`gyris an assembly of the people, a high festival; pa^ pa^n all + 'a`gyris 'agora`, an assembly
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—Gr. panēgyrikos, fit for a national festival—pas, pan, all, agyris (agora), an assembly.

Usage

In literature:

Panegyrics of Giolitti and of Buelow filled the columns of their daily Press.
"England and Germany" by Emile Joseph Dillon
The whole was manly, magnanimous, or, as the highest panegyric, it was English all over.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine -- Volume 57, No. 351, January 1845" by Various
You watch the coffee pot, and I'll grind out the panegyric!
"The Strollers" by Frederic S. Isham
All premature panegyrics bring their own punishment upon themselves.
"A Critic in Pall Mall" by Oscar Wilde
What wonder is it that Mr. Gosse became intoxicated in turn, and soared in a rapture of panegyric over a Shelley of his own construction?
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
A passage is cited from Bruno's high-flown panegyric on Henry III.
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
But what are we to say of the writings upon which this panegyric is pronounced?
"Hours in a Library" by Leslie Stephen
Waller wrote a fine panegyric on Cromwell, when he assumed the Protectorship.
"Books and Authors" by Anonymous
Look at the subject of your panegyric.
"Shirley" by Charlotte Brontë
It is only their panegyric which I pronounce.
"The Trial of Theodore Parker" by Theodore Parker
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In poetry:

``Their pompous flatteries are not for me,
My panegyric is the secret sigh:
Wherefore should mortals monuments decree
To Me who cannot die?
"Sacred And Profane Love" by Alfred Austin
I cannot think what moved the poet men
So to write panegyrics of that foolish
Simpleton — while wild-rose as fresh again
Lives, and the drowsed cabbages keep soil coolish.
"The Garden" by Ivor Gurney
Now thou'rt thy plain, grand self again,
Thou art secure from panegyric,
Thou who gav'st politics an epic strain,
And actedst Freedom's noblest lyric;
This side the Blessed Isles, no tree
Grows green enough to make a wreath for thee.
"To Lamartine" by James Russell Lowell

In news:

For Earth, one mean solar day (awesomely, "mean solar day" sounds like panegyric Pidgin–especially with the adjective "one"–but it's actually a scientific term), takes about 86,400 seconds.
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