Definition of encomium in English:


Syllabification: en·co·mi·um
Pronunciation: /enˈkōmēəm

noun (plural encomiums or encomia /-mēə/)

  • A speech or piece of writing that praises someone or something highly.
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    • This encomium of praise for the liberating Romans was soon replaced by a rather different view in mainstream Judean opinion.
    • 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.


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

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