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[en-koh-mee-ast, -uh st] /ɛnˈkoʊ miˌæst, -əst/
a person who utters or writes an encomium; eulogist.
Origin of encomiast
1600-10; < Greek enkōmiast(ḗs), equivalent to enkōmi(on) encomi(um) + -ast
Related forms
encomiastic, adjective
encomiastically, adverb Unabridged
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  • What this encomiast says in a rhetorical tone was literally true.

    The Caesars Thomas de Quincey
  • Again the encomiast seizes the opportunity to describe a Northern fleet.

    Canute the Great Laurence Marcellus Larson
  • She was evidently beautiful, gifted, and attractive: her flattering encomiast describes her as of great beauty and wisdom.

    Canute the Great Laurence Marcellus Larson
  • It is one of those few subjects on which an encomiast may expatiate without deviating from the truth.

  • A man of genius may securely laugh at a mode of attack by which his reviler, in half a century or less, becomes his encomiast.

  • Sherstone, says the encomiast, gained for Thurkil a large share of the fatherland.

    Canute the Great Laurence Marcellus Larson
British Dictionary definitions for encomiast


a person who speaks or writes an encomium
Derived Forms
encomiastic, encomiastical, adjective
encomiastically, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Greek enkōmiastēs, from enkōmiazein to utter an encomium
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Word Origin and History for encomiast

c.1600, from Greek enkomiastes "one who praises," from enkomiazein, from enkomion (see encomium). Related: Encomiastic (1590s).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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