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Sunday, April 17, 2005

Definitions for panegyric

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

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Citations for panegyric
And I hope this little panegyric will not be offensive to their ears, since it has the advantage of being only designed for themselves. Jonathan Swift, A Tale of a Tub, 1704
Then had come Lord Henry Wotton with his strange panegyric on youth, his terrible warning of its brevity. Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, 1891
Origin of panegyric
Panegyric comes from the Greek word panḗgyr(is) meaning "solemn assembly." It entered English at the end of the 1500s.