Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Bestowing praise; commendatory; laudatory; eulogistic: as, an encomiastic address or discourse.
  • noun An encomium.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Bestowing praise; praising; eulogistic; laudatory.
  • noun A panegyric.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Of or relating to an encomiast.
  • adjective Bestowing praise; eulogistic; laudatory.
  • noun A panegyric.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective formally expressing praise

Etymologies

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From Ancient Greek ἐγκωμιαστικός.

Examples

  • John Dryden considered "the great as entitled to encomiastic homage," wrote a censorious Samuel Johnson.

    A Protest Without Rhyme or Reason

  • Let us recapitulate, since the steps Socrates is taking are so important for his critique of poetry (it is noteworthy that at several junctures, Socrates generalizes his results from epic to dithyrambic, encomiastic, iambic, and lyric poetry; 533e5-534a7, 534b7-c7).

    Plato on Rhetoric and Poetry

  • In rhetoric, they say the first part was demonstrative or encomiastic, the second deliberative, the third judicial.

    Essays and Miscellanies

  • After the first course, one coming to Herodes the rhetorician brought a palm and a wreathed crown, which one of his acquaintance, who had won the prize for an encomiastic exercise, sent him.

    Symposiacs

  • In rhetoric, they say the first part was demonstrative or encomiastic, the second deliberative, the third judicial.

    Symposiacs

  • After the first course, one coming to Herodes the rhetorician brought a palm and a wreathed crown, which one of his acquaintance, who had won the prize for an encomiastic exercise, sent him.

    Essays and Miscellanies

  • This prose anthology includes a nicely annotated Defence with an outline of its encomiastic structure and marginalia to help keep the outline in mind.

    Defence of Poesie

  • These encomiastic phrases of the pious nun's are quoted by Blanco García

    Fray Luis de León A Biographical Fragment

  • Besides, independent of everything else, what man would so outrage all decorum as to call himself the admiration of the age? for so is Grammont extolled in the Memoirs, with a variety of other encomiastic expressions; although, perhaps, such vanity has not been without example.

    Court Memoirs of France Series — Complete

  • Thus Donne shows his medicinal knowledge in some encomiastic verses:

    English literary criticism

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  • Yesterday an eager homunculus named L— struck foot across this threshold, sputtering encomiastic cackle.

    —Max Beerbohm, 'Felix Argallo and Walter Ledgett' (in a letter purporting to be written by Meredith)

    August 3, 2009