[pan-i-jir-ik, -jahy-rik]


a lofty oration or writing in praise of a person or thing; eulogy.
formal or elaborate praise.

Origin of panegyric

1590–1600; < Latin, noun use of panēgyricus of, belonging to a public assembly < Greek panēgyrikós, equivalent to panḗgyr(is) solemn assembly (pan- pan- + -ēgyris, combining form of ágyris gathering; cf. category) + -ikos -ic
Related formspan·e·gyr·i·cal, adjectivepan·e·gyr·i·cal·ly, adverbself-pan·e·gyr·ic, adjective

Synonyms for panegyric Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for panegyric

complimentary, acclamatory, praising

Examples from the Web for panegyric

Historical Examples of panegyric

  • I could not endure to change my invective into panegyric all at once, and so soon.

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • The object of his discourse was a panegyric of himself and a satire on all other conjurors.

    Vivian Grey

    Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli

  • He pronounced the panegyric of Robespierre, and the apotheosis of Marat.

  • The Menexenus veils in panegyric the weak places of Athenian history.

  • Or again, let us suppose that both should have occasion to pronounce a panegyric.



British Dictionary definitions for panegyric



a formal public commendation; eulogy
Derived Formspanegyrical, adjectivepanegyrically, adverbpanegyrist, noun

Word Origin for panegyric

C17: via French and Latin from Greek, from panēguris public gathering, from pan- + aguris assembly
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Word Origin and History for panegyric

"eulogy, laudation," c.1600, from French panégyrique (1510s), from Latin panegyricus "public eulogy," originally an adjective, "for a public festival," from Greek panegyrikos (logos) "(a speech) given in a public assembly," from panegyris "public assembly (especially in honor of a god)," from pan- "all" (see pan-) + agyris "place of assembly," Aeolic form of agora (see agora).

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