Definition of encomium in English:

encomium

noun

formal
  • A speech or piece of writing that praises someone or something highly.

    • ‘‘I also feel happy to know that it is receiving encomiums from various quarters,’ he added.’
    • ‘After such encomiums there is only one thing left to say and it is this - if you are going to read just one American novel this year, let this be the one.’
    • ‘He appeared more than happy to be the coach of the Hong Kong cricket team and showered encomiums on Hong Kong cricket.’
    • ‘Her poetry is replete with such images, as time and again she writes encomia or praise-poems to particular mothers as well as the state of motherhood as an abstract ideal.’
    • ‘This won him encomiums, inside and outside the House.’
    • ‘Among the new poems in his new book is one so good that the publisher has put it on the back of the hardcover edition, instead of blurbs and encomia.’
    • ‘Among the various guidelines for the speakers, one rule advises students to avoid encomiums at the beginning of the speech.’
    • ‘I haven't read too many of these phony encomiums, but a typical theme seems to be that, love him or hate him, he was a ‘great’ man.’
    • ‘Lyric poetry This included dithyrambs, encomia, paeans, and hymns.’
    • ‘Yet amid all the encomiums the coming days will bring, it's worth remembering that he was for many years at odds with the critical establishment, and occasionally with audiences too.’
    • ‘When Princess Diana and Mother Theresa died within a month of each other in late 1997, the encomiums for both occasionally became intertwined.’
    • ‘Her original choreographies based on Indian mythology and contemporary issues earned her encomiums from around the world.’
    • ‘This encomium of praise for the liberating Romans was soon replaced by a rather different view in mainstream Judean opinion.’
    • ‘The study opens with the encomiums of his funeral in 1965.’
    • ‘The functions were not rituals to merely shower encomiums on the birthday boy.’
    • ‘It was a pity that people were keen on showering encomiums on politicians and heads of religions and communities, whatever the frailties of these individuals.’
    • ‘But the most frequently recorded encomiums come from men and women in his own constituency.’
    eulogy, speech of praise, panegyric, paean, accolade, tribute, testimonial, compliment
    praise, acclaim, acclamation, homage, extolment
    laudation, eulogium
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Origin

Mid 16th century: Latin, from Greek enkōmion eulogy, from en- within + komos revel.

Pronunciation:

encomium

/ɛnˈkəʊmɪəm/