Definition of panegyric in US English:



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

    ‘Vera's panegyric on friendship’
    • ‘But here is not the proper place for panegyrics on myself.’
    • ‘Some of his more recent panegyrics to the ‘British dream’ emerge curdled and oleaginous.’
    • ‘‘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.’’
    • ‘These images are visual panegyrics in the Erasmian spirit, designed to persuade the sovereign to emulate the symbolic role that the images portray.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In contrast, the ‘official’ folklorist is praised for his panegyrics addressed to the political authorities, if not the main ruler.’
    • ‘I consider my rant an ethical warning, a panegyric for the unlived life.’
    • ‘Our skeptical era would never tolerate the panegyrics of, say, the Victorian age.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Now he is the subject of lengthy panegyrics in the press, extolled as the city's savior.’
    • ‘This is not intended as a panegyric to Terry Reilly.’
    • ‘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.’
    eulogy, speech of praise, paean, accolade, tribute, testimonial
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Early 17th century: from French panégyrique, via Latin from Greek panēgurikos ‘of public assembly’, from pan ‘all’ + aguris ‘agora, assembly’.