[ en-koh-mee-ast, -uhst ]
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  1. a person who utters or writes an encomium; eulogist.

Origin of encomiast

1600–10; <Greek enkōmiast(ḗs), equivalent to enkōmi(on) encomi(um) + -ast

Other words from encomiast

  • en·co·mi·as·tic, adjective
  • en·co·mi·as·ti·cal·ly, adverb

Words Nearby encomiast

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How to use encomiast in a sentence

  • 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.

  • What this encomiast says in a rhetorical tone was literally true.

    The Caesars | Thomas de Quincey
  • Rev. Mr. Pyke, the object of the verses, deserves a better encomiast.

    Writings in the United Amateur, 1915-1922 | Howard Phillips Lovecraft
  • She was evidently beautiful, gifted, and attractive: her flattering encomiast describes her as of great beauty and wisdom.

    Canute the Great | Laurence Marcellus Larson

British Dictionary definitions for encomiast


/ (ɛnˈkəʊmɪˌæst) /

  1. a person who speaks or writes an encomium

Origin of encomiast

C17: from Greek enkōmiastēs, from enkōmiazein to utter an encomium

Derived forms of encomiast

  • encomiastic or encomiastical, adjective
  • encomiastically, adverb

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