[en-koh-mee-ast, -uh st]
- a person who utters or writes an encomium; eulogist.
Origin of encomiast
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Examples from the Web for 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.
She was evidently beautiful, gifted, and attractive: her flattering Encomiast describes her as of great beauty and wisdom.
It is one of those few subjects on which an encomiast may expatiate without deviating from the truth.The Works of Samuel Johnson, Vol. 10.
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.Literary Remains (1)
- a person who speaks or writes an encomium
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).
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