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encomiast

[en-koh-mee-ast, -uh st]
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noun
  1. a person who utters or writes an encomium; eulogist.
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Origin of encomiast

1600–10; < Greek enkōmiast(ḗs), equivalent to enkōmi(on) encomi(um) + -ast
Related formsen·co·mi·as·tic, adjectiveen·co·mi·as·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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Historical Examples

  • They have been encomiastic even in regard to her voice and her manner of singing.

    The Merry-Go-Round

    Carl Van Vechten

  • At the publication the wits seemed proud to pay their attendance with encomiastic verses.

  • Musurus boasts in his encomiastic verses that the work was accomplished entirely by Cretans.

  • Her personal charms fully merited the encomiastic strains of the following epistle.

  • In rhetoric, they say the first part was demonstrative or encomiastic, the second deliberative, the third judicial.


British Dictionary definitions for encomiastic

encomiast

noun
  1. a person who speaks or writes an encomium
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Derived Formsencomiastic or encomiastical, adjectiveencomiastically, adverb

Word Origin

C17: from Greek enkōmiastēs, from enkōmiazein to utter an encomium
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Word Origin and History for encomiastic

encomiast

n.

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

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