Definition of panegyric in English:

panegyric

noun

  • A public speech or published text in praise of someone or something.

    ‘a panegyric on the pleasures of malt whisky’
    • ‘In what was more of a panegyric than an analysis, his obituarist described him as someone who ‘fought for human rights and against injustice’.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This is not, however, a sycophantic panegyric to Haston or a simple account of his many achievements; the author acknowledges Haston's failings as a climber and as a man.’
    • ‘In fact, the essay is so positive and loving as to be a panegyric, and it is difficult to understand the intensity of his displeasure.’
    • ‘A collection of verse panegyrics and occasional poems for the Merovingian kings and their courtiers also survives from the pen of the late sixth-century Italian poet Venantius Fortunatus.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Some of his more recent panegyrics to the ‘British dream’ emerge curdled and oleaginous.’
    • ‘Our skeptical era would never tolerate the panegyrics of, say, the Victorian age.’
    • ‘The combination of affection, humour and critical comment makes you trust this author and the genuineness of her familial bond far more than a worshipful panegyric ever would.’
    • ‘But here is not the proper place for panegyrics on myself.’
    • ‘This is not intended as a panegyric to Terry Reilly.’
    • ‘‘I profess to write, not his panegyric, but his Life,’ Boswell stated; ‘which, great and good as he was, must not be supposed to be entirely perfect.’’
    • ‘He is commemorated by a gilded bronze effigy in his chapel in St Mary's, Warwick, and an illustrated panegyric by the Warwickshire antiquary John Rous.’
    • ‘I consider my rant an ethical warning, a panegyric for the unlived life.’
    • ‘The two versions of the Pilgrimage present the Venus term and the statue of Venus, respectively, as objects of praise analogous to that of the official panegyric, with the rose of Venus substituted for the royal fleur-de-lis.’
    • ‘These images are visual panegyrics in the Erasmian spirit, designed to persuade the sovereign to emulate the symbolic role that the images portray.’
    • ‘As a member of the steering group for the inaugural Edinburgh Art Festival, I wrote a panegyric extolling the possibilities of our brave new project.’
    • ‘In contrast, the ‘official’ folklorist is praised for his panegyrics addressed to the political authorities, if not the main ruler.’
    • ‘The announcement was immediately followed by panegyrics to O'Connor, who was described by Democratic and Republican leaders alike as a stalwart defender of liberty and democracy.’
    • ‘Now he is the subject of lengthy panegyrics in the press, extolled as the city's savior.’
    eulogy, speech of praise, paean, accolade, tribute, testimonial
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

panegyric

/ˌpanɪˈdʒɪrɪk/