Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Containing praise or eulogy; encomiastic; laudatory.
  • noun 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • noun a formal expression of praise
  • adjective formally expressing praise

Etymologies

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

[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.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Ancient Greek πανηγυρικός (panêgyrikós)

Examples

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  • encomium

    August 13, 2007

  • 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

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

    October 2, 2010