Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A formal eulogistic composition intended as a public compliment.
  • n. Elaborate praise or laudation; an encomium.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A formal speech or opus publicly praising someone or something.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Containing praise or eulogy; encomiastic; laudatory.
  • n. An oration or eulogy in praise of some person or achievement; a formal or elaborate encomium; a laudatory discourse; laudation. See Synonym of eulogy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Addressed to a festal assembly; epidictic; hence, containing praise or eulogy; of the nature of panegyric; encomiastic.
  • n. A eulogy, written or spoken, in praise of some person or achievement; a formal or elaborate encomium.
  • n. Praise bestowed on some person, action, or character; laudation: as, a tone of exaggerated panegyric.
  • n. Synonyms Encomium, etc. see eulogy.
  • To praise.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a formal expression of praise
  • adj. formally expressing praise

Etymologies

Latin panēgyricus, from Greek panēgurikos (logos), (speech) at a public assembly, panegyric, from panēguris, public assembly : pan-, pan- + aguris, assembly, marketplace; see ger- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Ancient Greek πανηγυρικός (panêgyrikós) (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • As arguedin this panegyric from the British Observer website, the 30-episode surreal crime drama subtly revolutionized television drama, moving it away from the superficial episodicsof the 80s towards the meatier, more literate fare that’s become the modern bastion of cable television from The Sopranos on down.

    Miscellaneous Debris, March 2010 Edition « Screaming Blue Reviews

  • The exultant father, from his place in the Senate, expressed his thanks to Theodoric in an oration of panegyric, which is now no longer extant, but was considered by contemporaries a masterpiece of brilliant rhetoric.

    Theodoric the Goth Barbarian Champion of Civilisation

  • The panegyric is a piece of courtly flattery in accordance with the cringing and fawning manners of the times.

    Handbook of Universal Literature From the Best and Latest Authorities

  • At another recent meeting, Yaroslavsky delivered a 1,165-word panegyric commemorating five people, including former Czech president Vaclav Havel and writer Christopher Hitchens, neither of whom had significant dealings with the county.

    News - latimes.com

  • As to the justice of his panegyric, that is matter of taste.

    The Works of Lord Byron: Letters and Journals. Vol. 2

  • To appoint a biographer is to bespeak a panegyric; and I doubt whether they who collect their books for the Public, and, like me, are conscious of no intrinsic worth, do but beg mankind to accept of talents (whatever they were) in lieu of virtues.

    The Letters of Horace Walpole, Earl of Orford — Volume 4

  • For those worried that Gitlin and Leibovitz have written some kind of panegyric on America and Israel, fear not.

    Andrei Markovits: The Chosen Peoples: America, Israel and the Ordeals of Divine Elections

  • Of the touches of which the Egil's Saga is full, few are better perhaps than the picture in a dozen words of King Eric Blood-axe "sitting bolt upright and glaring" at the son of Skallagrim as he delivers the panegyric which is to save his life, and the composition of which had been so nearly baulked by the twittering of the witch-swallow under his eaves.

    The Flourishing of Romance and the Rise of Allegory (Periods of European Literature, vol. II)

  • I am desired to deliver a brief panegyric on this celebrated freebooter, and I go behind the modern definition of the word "panegyric" (as a pompous and ornamented piece of rhetoric) to its original significance, which was, as I take it, the reminder, to a great assembly of persons, of the reason why they have been brought together in the name of a man long dead.

    Some Diversions of a Man of Letters

  • Jane's "panegyric," which she had read -- not connecting it however with her right-hand neighbour; and while I strained my ear for his reply I heard him, to my stupefaction, call back gaily, his mouth full of bread: "Oh, it's all right -- the usual twaddle!"

    The Figure in the Carpet

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  • And it is all presented, in the panegyrics of its partisans, as a net economic gain without offsets.

    October 2, 2010

  • This is an incredibly useful word. I generally use it insincerely when I hear formal speakers go on at length about much they like their hosts.

    March 21, 2009

  • encomium

    August 13, 2007