Definition of encomium in English:

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Pronunciation: /enˈkōmēəm/
Pronunciation: /inˈkōmēəm/

noun (plural encomiums or encomia /-mēə/)

A speech or piece of writing that praises someone or something highly.
Example sentences
  • 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.
eulogy, panegyric, paean, accolade, tribute, testimonial;
praise, acclaim, acclamation, homage


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

Words that rhyme with encomium


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Syllabification: en·co·mi·um

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