encomiast

[en-koh-mee-ast, -uh st]

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 of encomiast

  • 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.


British Dictionary definitions for encomiast

encomiast

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

Word Origin for encomiast

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

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

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