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Part of speech: noun

Origin: Greek, early 17th century


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

Examples of Panegyric in a sentence

"The best man directed his panegyric to the newlyweds."

"The delivery of the award was preceded by a panegyric that listed the recipient's lifetime of accomplishments."

About Panegyric

While the modern version of "panegyric" comes from the French word "panégyrique," it originated in Greek as "panēgurikos." The word is made up of "pan," meaning "all," and "aguris," which means "assembly."

Did you Know?

While the word "panegyric" often applies to speeches, it can also describe a genre of poetry. Heroic poetry — in the form of an epic or a blend of fantasy and reality — relies on metaphor to create a panegyric exulting the actions of a hero.

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