Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A person who delivers or writes an encomium; a eulogist.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a person who delivers an encomium or eulogy

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who praises; a panegyrist.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who praises another; one who utters or writes encomiums or commendations; a panegyrist.

Etymologies

Greek enkōmiastēs, from enkōmiazein, to praise, from enkōmion, encomium; see encomium.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek ἐγκωμιαστής. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Shakespeare of course had no interest in the "distinctive principles of Western Civilization" (wouldn't have known what they were), did not in the least express something called the "Western vision," was certainly no "encomiast of his culture and society" (far from it), and sought to exemplify nothing but the possibilities of the forms in which he wrote and whatever personal "vision" of human existence he had managed to acquire.

    Canonical Writers

  • The encomiast after his manner appears to treat them as one.

    Agesilaus

  • 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

    Mocking Stupendous Mechanisms: Romantic Parody and Frankenstein's Dream

  • From The Atlantic's Fiction Issue: Imbued with the righteous moral fervor of a revolutionary, the negativist -to introduce a new literary type- is more pesuasive than the encomiast, who tends to resort to the bland formulaic language of praise.

    Take THAT Mr McSweegee

  • It would require some ingenuity to shew why women were to be under such an obligation to him for thus admitting love; when it is clear that he admits it only for the relaxation of men, and to perpetuate the species; but he talked with passion, and that powerful spell worked on the sensibility of a young encomiast.

    A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

  • Noting that Caesar faced mutinies, Griffin dismisses me as an "overoptimistic encomiast" of the legionaries.

    O Mighty Caesar!

  • In fairness, should not Griffin have noted that an unreserved encomiast of Caesar's Gallic victories was Griffin's favorite, Cicero?

    O Mighty Caesar!

  • Imbued with the righteous moral fervor of a revolutionary, the negativist — to introduce a new literary type — is more persuasive than the encomiast, who tends to resort to the bland, formulaic language of praise.

    In Praise of Dispraise

  • Our Saviour himself becomes both her advocate and encomiast.

    From the Talmud and Hebraica

  • She needs no encomiast, star-crowned she stands, the glory of America, the admiration of the world.

    The Complete Works of Brann the Iconoclast, Volume 12

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