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[en-koh-mee-uh m]
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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.
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Origin of encomium

1580–90; < Latin < Greek enkṓmion, equivalent to en- en-2 + kôm(os) a revel + -ion noun suffix
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commendation, eulogy, panegyric, accolade, praise, salutation, tribute, laudation

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noun plural -miums or -mia (-mɪə)
  1. a formal expression of praise; eulogy; panegyric
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Word Origin

C16: from Latin, from Greek enkōmion, from en- ² + kōmos festivity
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Word Origin and History for encomium


1580s, from Late Latin encomium, from Greek enkomion (epos) "laudatory (ode), eulogy," from en "in" (see en- (2)) + komos "banquet, procession, merrymaking" (see comedy).

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