Definition of panegyric in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌpanɪˈdʒɪrɪk/


A public speech or published text in praise of someone or something: a panegyric on the pleasures of malt whisky
More example sentences
  • In contrast, the ‘official’ folklorist is praised for his panegyrics addressed to the political authorities, if not the main ruler.
  • The book is laced throughout with panegyrics and tributes to his friends and scientific colleagues that portray these innovators as heroes for the emerging new paradigm.
  • The panegyric is directed toward the image of Louis, as signified by the bust, the statue, the fleurs-de-lis, and the words of the dedication, with which one of the Muses illustrates a central banner.



Pronunciation: /ˌpanɪˈdʒɪrɪk(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • Amidst the panegyrical promises of modernization and development, few voices, either left or right, questioned the ideology of progress, though many fought bitterly over the division of the spoils.
  • His work On Justinian's Buildings, was composed at the emperor's behest, and is panegyrical in tone.
  • Demonstrative or panegyrical oratory is associated with the past and urges an audience to honor and imitate a virtuous subject.


Early 17th century: from French panégyrique, via Latin from Greek panēgurikos 'of public assembly', from pan 'all' + aguris 'agora, assembly'.

Words that rhyme with panegyric

empiric, lyric, Pyrrhic, satiric, satyric, vampiric

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