Sunday, February 18, 2018

Merriam-Webster Word of the Day - Panegyric

WORD OF THE DAY
February 18, 2018
 
 

 
 
 
panegyric Audio pronunciation
 
noun | pan-uh-JEER-ik  
 
Definition
 
:
a eulogistic oration or writing; also : formal or elaborate praise
 
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On certain fixed dates throughout the year, the ancient Greeks would come together for religious meetings. Such gatherings could range from hometown affairs to great national assemblies, but large or small, the meeting was called a panēgyris. That name comes from pan, meaning "all," and agyris, meaning "assembly." At those assemblies, speakers provided the main entertainment, and they delivered glowing orations extolling the praises of present civic leaders and reliving the past glories of Greek cities. To the Greeks, those laudatory speeches were panēgyrikos, which means "of or for a panēgyris." Latin speakers ultimately transformed panēgyrikos into the noun panegyricus, and English speakers adapted that Latin term to form panegyric.
 
 
Examples of PANEGYRIC
 
The club's president opened the awards ceremony with a touching panegyric for several prominent members who had passed away during the last year.
 
"At Lafayette College in Northampton County in 2007, he marked the 250th anniversary of the Marquis de Lafayette's birthday with a panegyric to the great statesman and France's broader influence on America."
Joe Smydo, The Daily Telegram (Adrian, Michigan), 25 May 2017
 
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Unscramble the letters to create a synonym of the noun panegyric: NIMCEOMU.
 
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