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Definition an expression of praise or joy — often expressed via music, film, or writing
  • Her essay is a paean to mothers.
  • composed a rousing paean to joy
  • The Photograph will forever inspire paeans to glory and valor among those who see the figures as immortals.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • The queen's men were singing some paean of praise for red R'hltor, but she could not hear the words above the shrieks.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • The fields around with Io Paean! ring; And peals of shouts applaud the conqu'ring king.
    Virgil  --  The Aeneid
  • For the fast song, a paean to the rising sun (because they have performed through. the night), they gather their families about them.
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted
  • [Raising a paean of squalid triumph] I done you.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Major Barbara
  • There were no services, no songs, no paeans of praise to please the god.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Feast For Crows
  • In his eyes was a desire to chant a paean.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • Then they hurried through the little town and it all flashed upon his consciousness to a mighty paean of emotion....
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • The organ music swelled now into a triumphant paean, filling with its exultant melody that vast darkness of the church.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • For Zeus who hates the braggart's boast Beheld that gold-bespangled host; As at the goal the paean they upraise, He struck them with his forked lightning blaze.
    Sophocles  --  Antigone
  • There, far, far among thick-wooded landmarks, On this night, so vernal and so white, The nightingales roll and trill their paeans, Filling with rumbling the city's wooded limits.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • The song of groping—"My way's cloudy"—begins "The Meaning of Progress"; the ninth is the song of this chapter—"Wrestlin' Jacob, the day is a-breaking,"—a paean of hopeful strife.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • Angeline surpassed herself on this occasion, lifting her voice in such an untrammeled paean of longing that I wished there were some way I could volunteer to look after the kids while she went off with George.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • Paean!
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • ...vibe, and then I was thinking of abuse and prostitution, and then I was thinking of Oliver! my favorite musical as a child, and the doomed hooker Nancy, who loved her violent man right until he killed her, and then I was wondering why my feminist mother and I ever watched Oliver! considering "As Long as He Needs Me" is basically a lilting paean to domestic violence, and then I was thinking that Diary Amy was also killed by her man, she was actually a lot like— "I'm Nancy," I say.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • Fascinated, Amory watched each rank of linked arms as it came abreast, the faces indistinct above the polo shirts, the voices blent in a paean of triumph—and then the procession passed through shadowy Campbell Arch, and the voices grew fainter as it wound eastward over the campus.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • Then, still full of the great echoing paean of Ben Jonson's, he scrawled below it in large trembling letters: "My Shakespeare, rise!
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel

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