Definition of encomium
: glowing and warmly enthusiastic praise; also : an expression of this
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Examples of encomium in a Sentence
the encomiums bestowed on a teacher at her retirement ceremonies
Recent Examples of encomium from the Web
There have been touching encomiums to Cornell’s life and legacy in The New York Times, Newsweek, and elsewhere.
Comey’s congressional testimony, in 2007, about the confrontation raised his public profile, earning him encomiums from both parties.
And in an encomium to I. M. Pei, who will turn 100 in April, written by the architecture critic Paul Goldberger, who is a contributor to Vanity Fair.
Colleges and universities offer encomiums to free speech and inquiry, which the First Amendment protects, at least in theory, at public institutions.
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Did You Know?
The love of praise, howe're concealed by art / Reigns more or less, and glows in every heart. British writer Edward Young knew how much people love to hear praise - and so did the ancient Greeks, the originators of "encomium." They formalized that particular expression of praise and named it an "enkōmion," from their terms en, meaning "in," and kōmos, meaning "celebration." The original encomiums were eulogies or panegyrics, often ones prepared in honor of a victor in the Olympics. The term was later broadened to refer to any laudatory ode. Since then encomiums have been written praising everyone from Julius Caesar to Elton John, although not all have been entirely serious - one of the best known is the satirical "Moriae Encomium" ("Praise of Folly") by Erasmus.
Origin and Etymology of encomium
Latin, from Greek enkōmion, from en in + kōmos revel, celebration
First Known Use: 1567See Words from the same year
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