[ en-koh-mee-ast, -uh st ]
/ ɛnˈkoʊ miˌæst, -əst /


a person who utters or writes an encomium; eulogist.

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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/ (ɛnˈkəʊmɪˌæst) /


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



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

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