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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.
Origin of encomium
1580-90; < Latin < Greek enkṓmion, equivalent to en- en-2 + kôm(os) a revel + -ion noun suffix Unabridged
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  • 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.
  • Examples of her poetry and an encomium of it will be found elsewhere.
  • In its reprint version, the encomium runs to sixteen pages.
British Dictionary definitions for encomium


noun (pl) -miums, -mia (-mɪə)
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 encomium

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

Word Origin

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

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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