[ en-koh-mee-uhm ]
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noun,plural en·co·mi·ums, en·co·mi·a [en-koh-mee-uh]. /ɛnˈkoʊ mi ə/.
  1. a formal expression of high praise; eulogy: An encomium by the president greeted the returning hero.

Origin of encomium

First recorded in 1580–90; from Latin, from Greek enkṓmion, equivalent to en- en-2 + kôm(os) “a revel” + -ion noun suffix

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How to use encomium in a sentence

  • And Paul was sorely puzzled, whether the encomium applied to the defunct or himself.

  • Two pages then ensued with this exclusive encomium, painting him chief in every virtue, and master of every grace.

    Camilla | Fanny Burney

British Dictionary definitions for encomium


/ (ɛnˈkəʊmɪəm) /

nounplural -miums or -mia (-mɪə)
  1. a formal expression of praise; eulogy; panegyric

Origin of encomium

C16: from Latin, from Greek enkōmion, from en- ² + kōmos festivity

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