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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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  • 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

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 encomium
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 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 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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