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An elaborate public praise given of some person or event, a formal eulogy. The most famous Christian panegyrics were those of the Fathers of the Church, e.g., St. John Chrysostom preaching on Sts. Lucian and Romanus in A.D. 387. (Etym. Greek pan_gyrikos, for a public festival.)
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