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From French panégyrique, from Ancient Greek πανηγυρικός (panēgurikós), from πᾰν- (pan-) "all" + agyris "place of assembly", Aeolic form of ἀγορά (agorá).


  • IPA(key): /ˌpænəˈd͡ʒɪɹɪk/, /ˌpænəˈd͡ʒaɪɹɪk/
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panegyric (countable and uncountable, plural panegyrics)

  1. A formal speech publicly praising someone or something.
    Synonym: eulogy
    • 1831, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Romance and Reality, volume 1, pages 321-322:
      Want of something else to say, and a very shady lane, disposed him to confidence; and he forthwith began a panegyric on himself, and on the good fortune of Miss Arundel, stating, he was now on his road to offer himself and his debts to her acceptance.
    • 1891, Oscar Wilde, chapter IX, in The Picture of Dorian Gray, London; New York, N.Y.; Melbourne, Vic.: Ward Lock & Co., OCLC 34363729, page 174:
      The painter's absurd fits of jealousy, his wild devotion, his extravagant panegyrics, his curious reticences—he understood them all now, and he felt sorry.
    • 1929, Robert Dean Frisbee, The Book of Puka-Puka (republished by Eland, 2019; p. 197):
      He then spoke in the usual boastful manner of his progenitors, added a flaming panegyric upon himself, and strolled down the road to repeat his speech at the next house.
    • 1979, Carl Deroux, editor, Studies in Latin Literature and Roman History (Collection Latomus; 164), volume 1, Brussels: Latomus, OCLC 5900307, page 111:
      Another manifestation, significantly reaching its apogee in the midst of Antonine virtues, was the growing popularity of adoxographical exercises. Mock panegyrics were dashed off, not just by sardonic intellectuals such as Lucian, but also by trained courtiers and polished encomiasts of the stamp of [Marcus Cornelius] Fronto.
  2. Someone who writes or delivers such a speech.

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panegyric (comparative more panegyric, superlative most panegyric)

  1. panegyrical