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panegyric (noun) praise in speech or in a piece of writing.

You make a panegyric if you make a speech or write in high praise of someone or something. If you indulge in a panegyric you praise someone or something very highly in your speech or writing. A panegyric expresses your great admiration for them. It borders sometimes on flattery.

  • This poem is a panegyric on Abraham Lincoln. It expresses the poet's great admiration for the gentle courage and humanity of the great leader.
  • Many felt that he did not deserve the panegyric that the speakers paid him. They felt that he was not so praiseworthy.
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