Definition of encomium in US English:

encomium

noun

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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The functions were not rituals to merely shower encomiums on the birthday boy.’
    • ‘Among the various guidelines for the speakers, one rule advises students to avoid encomiums at the beginning of the speech.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Her original choreographies based on Indian mythology and contemporary issues earned her encomiums from around the world.’
    • ‘‘I also feel happy to know that it is receiving encomiums from various quarters,’ he added.’
    • ‘When Princess Diana and Mother Theresa died within a month of each other in late 1997, the encomiums for both occasionally became intertwined.’
    • ‘He appeared more than happy to be the coach of the Hong Kong cricket team and showered encomiums on Hong Kong cricket.’
    • ‘Lyric poetry This included dithyrambs, encomia, paeans, and hymns.’
    • ‘But the most frequently recorded encomiums come from men and women in his own constituency.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The study opens with the encomiums of his funeral in 1965.’
    • ‘This won him encomiums, inside and outside the House.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This encomium of praise for the liberating Romans was soon replaced by a rather different view in mainstream Judean opinion.’
    eulogy, speech of praise, panegyric, paean, accolade, tribute, testimonial, compliment
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Origin

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

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