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encomium

[en-koh-mee-uh m] /ɛnˈkoʊ mi əm/
noun, plural encomiums, encomia
[en-koh-mee-uh] /ɛnˈkoʊ mi ə/ (Show IPA)
1.
a formal expression of high praise; eulogy:
An encomium by the president greeted the returning hero.
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90; < Latin < Greek enkṓmion, equivalent to en- en-2 + kôm(os) a revel + -ion noun suffix
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encomium

/ɛnˈkəʊmɪəm/
noun (pl) -miums, -mia (-mɪə)
1.
a formal expression of praise; eulogy; panegyric
Word Origin
C16: from Latin, from Greek enkōmion, from en-² + kōmos festivity
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Contemporary definitions for encomia
noun

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

Word Origin

Greek enkomion 'eulogy'

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Word Origin and History for encomia

encomium

n.

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

encomium

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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