• (British) IPA: /ɛŋˈkəʊ.mɪ.əm/
  • (GA) IPA: /ɛnˈkoʊ.mɪ.əm/, /ɪnˈkoʊ.mɪ.əm/
  • (America)

encomium (plural encomiums)

  1. Warm praise, especially a formal expression of such praise; a tribute.
    • 1763, Antoine-Simon Le Page du Pratz, The History of Louisiana: Or of the Western Parts of Virginia and Carolina: Containing a Description of the Countries that Lye on both Sides of the River Missisipi [sic]: With an Account of the Settlements [...] Translated from the French [...] by M. Le Page du Pratz; with some Notes and Observations [...] In two volumes. [...], London: Printed for T. Becket and P. A. De Hondt, OCLC 181837275 ↗ (English translation of Histoire de la Louisiane : contenant la découverte de ce vaste pays, sa description géographique, un voyage dans les terres, l'histoire naturelle, les mœurs, coûtumes & religion des naturels, avec leurs origines : deux voyages dans le nord du nouveau Mexique, dont un jusqu'à la mer du Sud : ornée de deux cartes & de 40 planches en taille douce, Paris : Chez de Bure, l'aîné [...], la veuve Delaguette [...], Lambert [...], 1758, OCLC 1651361 ↗), page 39:
      I rejoined our people, and expected a reprimand for having forced the enemy without orders; though I had my excuse ready. But here I was mistaken; for I met with nothing but encomiums.
    • 1912 January, Zane Grey, chapter 3, in Riders of the Purple Sage: A Novel, New York, N.Y.; London: Harper & Brothers Publishers, OCLC 6868219 ↗:
      "I never seen their like," was Lassiter's encomium, "an' in my day I've seen a sight of horses."
  2. (rhetoric) A general category of oratory.
  3. (rhetoric) A method within rhetorical pedagogy.
  4. The eighth exercise in the progymnasmata series.
  5. (literature) 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.
  • Portuguese: encômio
  • Russian: панеги́рик
  • Spanish: encomio
  • Russian: восхвале́ние

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