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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Main Entry:  encomium
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a formal expression of praise, esp. an elaborate eulogy; laudation
Etymology:  Greek enkomion 'eulogy'
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Word Origin & History

1589, from L.L. encomium, from Gk. enkomion (epos) "laudatory (ode), eulogy," from en- "in" + komos "banquet, procession, merrymaking."
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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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Example sentences
Instead, he delivers an overdue and well-deserved encomium to a largely denigrated chapter in the city's history.
Excessive praise is even worse when it is unwanted praise, or what specialists refer to as dissonant encomium.
The danger is that to quote so many who knew him threatens to make the book a sustained encomium.
He then concludes with an encomium to expelled intestinal gas.
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