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Tuesday, November 16, 1999

Definitions for encomium

  1. a formal expression of high praise; eulogy: An encomium by the president greeted the returning hero.

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Citations for encomium
In a fond encomium to Krim...he reminds us what really made Krim’s work sing. It was that he was “furiously funny, which is no small matter, and no small reward.” Dwight Garner, "A Slap Here, a Handshake There," New York Times, October 24, 2013
The encomium delivered by the minister in the audience chamber of the ministry was utter nonsense, because he merely read out from a sheet of paper what had been written down for him by one of his officials charged with literary affairs. Thomas Bernhard, translated by David McLintock, Wittgenstein's Nephew: A Friendship, 1988
Origin of encomium
1580-1590
Encomium can be traced to the Greek enkṓmion, with the root word kômos meaning "a revel." It entered English in the late 1500s.