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Tuesday, November 16, 1999

Definitions for encomium

  1. An often formal expression of warm or high praise.

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Citations for encomium
He ended with an encomium about her "high integrity and simple humanity" which ensured that "she loved her country, and her country loved her." David Cameron, The Guardian
The giant throws the butler into the lake, whereupon Charles delivers the perfunctory encomium, "Wickham was a good servant." Jeremy Treglown, Romancing: The Life and Work of Henry Green
Origin of encomium
1580-1590
Encomium derives, via Latin, from Greek enkomion, from en-, "in" + komos, "revel."