Definition of panegyric in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌpanəˈjirik/


A public speech or published text in praise of someone or something: Vera’s panegyric on friendship
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  • 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.
eulogy, speech of praise, paean, accolade, tribute



Pronunciation: /ˌpanəˈjirək(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.


Pronunciation: /ˌpanəˈjirəkəlē/
Example sentences
  • His debut album sold well and was panegyrically received by critics in Scandinavia.
  • It takes a trained historian to read this thoroughly puffed up and self important book, which panegyrically lauds the incompetent imbeciles he liked as emperors and smugly defames the better men who tried to actually help the empire.


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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Syllabification: pan·e·gyr·ic

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