noun, plural encomiums, encomia [en-koh-mee-uh] .
a formal expression of high praise; eulogy: An encomium by the president greeted the returning hero.

1580–90; < Latin < Greek enkṓmion, equivalent to en- en-2 + kôm(os) a revel + -ion noun suffix

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encomium (ɛnˈkəʊmɪəm)
n , pl -miums, -mia
a formal expression of praise; eulogy; panegyric
[C16: from Latin, from Greek enkōmion, from en-² + kōmos festivity]

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1589, from L.L. encomium, from Gk. enkomion (epos) "laudatory (ode), eulogy," from en- "in" + komos "banquet, procession, merrymaking."
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