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Jul 20, 2010
This week's theme
Words that look one part of speech but are other

This week's words
contumely
panegyric
nebbish
gloaming
beggar

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panegyric

PRONUNCIATION:
(pan-i-JIR-ik, -JY-rik)

MEANING:
noun: A formal or elaborate oration in praise of someone or something; eulogy.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin panegyricus, from Greek panegyrikos (of or for an assembly), from paneguris (public assembly), from pan- (all) + aguris (assembly, marketplace). Ultimately from the Indo-European root ger- (to gather) that is also the source of gregarious, aggregate, congregation, egregious, and segregate.

USAGE:
"Gov. George Pataki's 10th State of the State speech yesterday was more a panegyric to freedom and security than a rousing promise to fix what's clearly wrong with New York's government."
A Real State of New York; The New York Times; Jan 8, 2004.

See more usage examples of panegyric in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
We are all of us more or less echoes, repeating involuntarily the virtues, the defects, the movements, and the characters of those among whom we live. -Joseph Joubert, essayist (1754-1824)

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