ETYM New Lat., from Greek, a song chanted in a Bacchic festival in praise of the god; en in + komos a jovial festivity, revel. Related to Comedy.
A formal expression of praise; SYN. eulogy, panegyric, paean, pean. Glowing and warmly enthusiastic praise.
eulogy / juːlədʒi /
ETYM Greek, well speaking; eu well + lego to speak. Related to Eulogium, and see Legend.
1. A speech of praise in honor of one who has died.
2. A speech or writing in commendation of the character or services of a person.
3. Laudatory speech or writing; high praise.
ETYM Latin paean, Greek paian, from Paian the physician of the gods, later, Apollo. Related to Paeon, Peony.
A hymn of praise (especially one sung in ancient Greece to invoke or thank a deity); SYN. pean.
Song of thanksgiving, thanksgiving song.
panegyric / pændʒaɪrɪk /
ETYM Latin panegyricus, Greek panegyricos: cf. French panégyrique. Related to Panegyric.
An oration or eulogy in praise of some person or achievement; a formal or elaborate encomium; a laudatory discourse; eulogy.
Elaborate and poetic compliment; eulogy; laudation; Eulogy.
rhapsody / ræpsədi /
ETYM French rhapsodie, Latin rhapsodia, Greek rapsodia, from rapsodos a rhapsodist; raptein to sew, stitch together, unite + ode a song. Related to Ode.
An epic poem adapted for recitation.
In music, an instrumental fantasia, often based on folk melodies, such as Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsodies 1853–54.
In ancient Greece, rhapsodes were a class of reciters of epic poems, especially those of Homer, who performed at festivals. The title means “stitchers of songs”.