Definitions

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

  • n. Warm, glowing praise.
  • n. A formal expression of praise; a tribute.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Warm praise, especially a formal expression of such praise; a tribute.
  • n. A general category of oratory.
  • n. A method within rhetorical pedagogy.
  • n. The eighth exercise in the progymnasmata series.
  • n. A genre of literature that included five elements: prologue, birth and upbringing, acts of the person's life, comparisons used to praise the subject, and an epilogue.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Warm or high praise; panegyric; strong commendation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Formal praise; laudation; a discriminating expression of approval, either of a person or of a thing.
  • n. Synonyms Panegyric, etc. See eulogy.

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

  • n. a formal expression of praise

Etymologies

Latin encōmium, from Greek enkōmion (epos), (speech) praising a victor, neuter of enkōmios, of the victory procession : en-, in; see en-2 + kōmos, celebration.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin encōmium ("praise, eulogy"), from Ancient Greek ἐγκώμιον (enkōmion, "laudatory ode, praise"), from ἐγκώμιος (enkōmios, "of or pertaining to the victor"), from κῶμος (kōmos, "festival, revel, ode"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Mrs. Robinson had afterwards the gratification of finding this offspring of her genius inserted in the Annual Register, with a flattering encomium from the pen of the eloquent and ingenious editor.

    Memoirs of Mary Robinson

  • Mantinea, and which you may call the encomium of love, or what you please.

    The Symposium

  • Such, Phaedrus, is the tale which I heard from the stranger of Mantinea, and which you may call the encomium of love, or what you please.

    Symposium

  • Such an encomium, which is thrown away on the dead

    History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire — Volume 5

  • The spectacle is declared by the Americans themselves to have been one of the highest moral grandeur, if not of sublimity; and, though our cousins on this side of the water are somewhat too much in the habit of using fine words and indulging in hyperbole, no one who witnessed the long lines of busy men, neglecting their business for awhile to attend to the more important business of the State, and waiting patiently in the street amid the fog and rain until it came to their turn to deposit their balloting-paper in the appointed box -- using no jostling in pressing, indulging in no altercation with each other on the exciting subject which drew them together, and in every way behaving with as much subdued dignity as if they were attending a place of worship -- can deny that the encomium is abundantly merited.

    The Presidential Contest in America

  • By the time our friend has reached the eleventh chapter of Hebrews the eloquent encomium which is there pronounced upon faith will not seem strange to him.

    The Pursuit of God

  • You have used with _propriety_ the words "encomium" and

    Memoirs of Aaron Burr, Volume 1.

  • Such an encomium, which is thrown away on the dead Templars, would be highly valued by the historians of Malta.] 130 Matthew Paris, Hist.

    The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

  • And it was just that sort of encomium that gave fodder to writers who disdained her response to movies, many of those writers whom she in her turn disdained.

    David Finkle: Easy Reader: Kellow's Pauline Kael: A Life in the Dark Throws Radiant Light on the Renowned Movie Critic

  • True, some designers went defiantly, exuberantly over the top — Marc Jacobs most obviously, with his nostalgic, big-shouldered encomium to the 1980s, when the great splurge had begun.

    Fashion in Dark Times

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  • I guess musicians like it, because it is also the title of a bittersweet song by Jamie Leonhart.

    April 9, 2008

  • Isn't everything to do with Led Zep meconium, as ofravens helpfully suggests?

    April 8, 2008

  • Reminds me way too much of meconium. Which is unfortunate.

    April 8, 2008

  • Sounds like a chemical element!

    December 9, 2007

  • it is also a mediocre Led Zeppelin tribute album.

    August 26, 2007

  • encomium is a speech about someone redoubtable

    August 13, 2007