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encomium

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noun en·co·mi·um \en-ˈkō-mē-əm\

Definition of encomium

plural en·co·mi·ums also -mia \-mē-ə\

  1. :  glowing and warmly enthusiastic praise; also :  an expression of this



Examples of encomium

  1. <the encomiums bestowed on a teacher at her retirement ceremonies>



Origin of encomium

Latin, from Greek enkōmion, from en in + kōmos revel, celebration


First Known Use: 1567

Synonym Discussion of encomium

encomium, eulogy, panegyric, tribute, citation mean a formal expression of praise. encomium implies enthusiasm and warmth in praising a person or a thing <received encomiums from literary critics>. eulogy applies to a prepared speech or writing extolling the virtues and services of a person <delivered the eulogy at the funeral service>. panegyric suggests an elaborate often poetic compliment <her lyrical memoir was a panegyric to her mentor>. tribute implies deeply felt praise conveyed either through words or through a significant act <the concert was a musical tribute to the early jazz masters>. citation applies to the formal praise of a person offered in a military dispatch or in awarding an honorary degree <earned a citation for bravery>.

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