Definition of encomiast in English:

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Pronunciation: /inˈkōmēˌast/
Pronunciation: /enˈkōmēˌast/


A person who publicly praises or flatters someone else.
Example sentences
  • Yesterday, I watched a program by a famous encomiast in China.
  • 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.



Pronunciation: /inˌkōmēˈastik/
Pronunciation: /enˌkōmēˈastik/
Example sentences
  • To understand why the ‘lives’ began this way, it is important to remember that ‘lives’ were encomiastic narratives, a peculiar literary genre somewhere between the diegesis and the enkomion.
  • In the main, these are either gratuitously encomiastic or post-prandial.
  • She makes use of his commentaries, but above all of his seven encomiastic homilies in praise of Paul.


Pronunciation: /enˌkōmēˈastik(ə)lē/


Early 17th century: from Greek enkōmiastēs, from enkōmiazein 'to praise', from enkōmion (see encomium).

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Syllabification: en·co·mi·ast

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