One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person who publicly praises or flatters someone else.
sycophant, groveller, fawner, lackey, obsequious person, kowtower, time serverView synonyms
- ‘He is admired not as an uncritical encomiast of his own culture and society, but rather as an exemplum of the spirit - both critical and conservative - that is among the West's most enduring legacies to the world.’
- ‘Yesterday, I watched a program by a famous encomiast in China.’
Early 17th century: from Greek enkōmiastēs, from enkōmiazein ‘to praise’, from enkōmion (see encomium).
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