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[en-koh-mee-uh m] /ɛnˈkoʊ mi əm/
noun, plural encomiums, encomia
[en-koh-mee-uh] /ɛnˈkoʊ mi ə/ (Show IPA)
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 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for encomia


noun (pl) -miums, -mia (-mɪə)
a formal expression of praise; eulogy; panegyric
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C16: from Latin, from Greek enkōmion, from en-² + kōmos festivity
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Contemporary definitions for encomia

a formal expression of praise, esp. an elaborate eulogy; laudation

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Greek enkomion 'eulogy''s 21st Century Lexicon
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Word Origin and History for encomia



1580s, from Late Latin encomium, from Greek enkomion (epos) "laudatory (ode), eulogy," from en "in" (see en- (2)) + komos "banquet, procession, merrymaking" (see comedy).

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Encyclopedia Article for encomia


a prose or poetic work in which a person, thing, or abstract idea is glorified. Originally an encomium was a Greek choral song honouring the hero of the Olympic Games and sung at the victory celebration at the end of the Games. The Greek writers Simonides of Ceos and Pindar wrote some of the earliest of these original encomia. The term later took on the broader meaning of any composition of a laudatory nature. Verse forms of the encomium include the epinicion and the ode. The word is from the Greek enkomion, "laudatory ode" or "panegyric."

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