[ pan-i-jir-ik, -jahy-rik ]
/ ˌpæn ɪˈdʒɪr ɪk, -ˈdʒaɪ rɪk /


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 forms

pan·e·gyr·i·cal, adjectivepan·e·gyr·i·cal·ly, adverbself-pan·e·gyr·ic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for panegyrical


/ (ˌpænɪˈdʒɪrɪk) /


a formal public commendation; eulogy

Derived Forms

panegyrical, 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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