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[pan-i-jir-ik, -jahy-rik]
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  1. a lofty oration or writing in praise of a person or thing; eulogy.
  2. formal or elaborate praise.
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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

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Historical Examples of panegyrical

  • So now she filled a whole page of her diary with panegyrical regrets.

    Queen Victoria

    Lytton Strachey

  • Some panegyrical, directly contrary to the former; many of which we have in Martial upon the Emperor Domitian, and in others.

    Lectures on Poetry

    Joseph Trapp

  • We have studiously avoided portraying fashionable life according to the vulgar notions, whether depreciatory or panegyrical.

  • Even Jefferson's most panegyrical biographer declares Marshall to have been "an earnest and sincere man."

  • He is perhaps weakest, like all poets with the signal exception of Dryden, when he is panegyrical.

British Dictionary definitions for panegyrical


  1. a formal public commendation; eulogy
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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 panegyrical



"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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