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  • noun Plural form of paean.


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  • One sort consisted of prayers to the Gods, which were called hymns; and there was another and opposite sort called lamentations, and another termed paeans, and another, celebrating the birth of Dionysus, called, I believe,

    Laws 2006

  • They also do astoundingly appropriate covers of "Whole Lot of Love" and "Frankenstein," but the bulk of their catalog is slightly screwy originals such as paeans to Mothra and mirrored lawn gazing balls.

    Accordions reconsidered, Pt 2: Gareth's Adventure 2004

  • Oh, and another typically conservative tactic is to co-opt the most successful movies as paeans to conservative cultural/political concepts.

    Think Progress » Steele on serving as RNC chair: God has ‘placed me here for a reason.’ 2010

  • The paeans served Blatter well and he was carried back into office, 139 votes to Hayatou's 56.

    Inside Fifa, where no one can tell where the money ends up 2011

  • Apparently they had some second thoughts about these paeans to tyranny because a week before the Bush administration left office, one of the lawyers made an attempt to say "never mind" and repudiate them.

    Those Secret Memos 2009

  • And Francois Godement , a French specialist in Asia, describes China as split between competing versions of its own model: the more Western-style move up the technological value chain, which he calls the Guangdong model after the prosperous coastal region, and the Chongqing experiment in the center of China, which is marked by heavy state subsidies and paeans to Chairman Mao.

    Emerging Questions on Growth Path David Wessel 2012

  • The last 20 years of hip-hop have seen no shortage of paeans to Brian DePalma's 1983 drug-dealer film "Scarface," both visually and lyrically.

    Rocking the Mic Andy Beta 2011

  • You have only to read the early American and British paeans to the successes of fascism in forcefully rebuilding and lifting Italy and Germany out of the Depression to realize how broadly seductive were the themes of a benevolent dictatorship of the intellectual and cultural elite.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » The William F. Buckley Clause of the Massachusetts Constitution of 1780 2010

  • Chris Christie announced Tuesday that he was opting out of the Republican presidential-nominating race once and for all, he held a statehouse news conference, giving national television viewers a sweeping look of the man who won't be competing, complete with jokes about his weight, playful banter with the press corps and paeans to his own achievements in fixing what he called his "messed up" home state.

    Political Performance Art Offers View of What GOP Will Be Missing Lisa Fleisher 2011

  • Exit pursued by paeans from Mark Thompson to his "brilliance" and Caroline Thomson, chief operating officer, calling him "truly transformative and inspirational", not to mention " strategic, proactive".

    BBC's mass communication 2011


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