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Friday, June 26, 2009

encomium

\en-KOH-mee-uhm\ , noun;
plural encomiums or encomia \-mee-uh\
1.
An often formal expression of warm or high praise.
Quotes:
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, "Mourning service", The Guardian, April 3, 2002
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
He brought in the bread, cheese and beer, with many high encomiums upon their excellence.
-- Charles Dickens, The Old Curiosity Shop
Origin:
Encomium derives, via Latin, from Greek enkomion, from en-, "in" + komos, "revel."
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