encomium

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n encomium a formal expression of praise
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Encomium Warm or high praise; panegyric; strong commendation. "His encomiums awakened all my ardor."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n encomium Formal praise; laudation; a discriminating expression of approval, either of a person or of a thing.
    • n encomium Synonyms Panegyric, etc. See eulogy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Encomium en-kō′mi-um high commendation: a eulogy
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Quotations

  • Samuel Johnson
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    “Every other enjoyment malice may destroy; every other panegyric envy may withhold; but no human power can deprive the boaster of his own encomiums.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., fr. Gr. (a song) chanted in a Bacchic festival in praise of the god; in + a jovial festivity, revel. See Comedy
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—Gr. egkōmion, a song of praise—en, in, kōmos, festivity.

Usage

In literature:

Our funeral sermons and newspaper paragraphs have taken the place of the Greek encomiums.
"The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volumes I-VI." by Various
But its worth transcends our encomiums, and its glory will outsound our praise.
"Masonic Monitor of the Degrees of Entered Apprentice, Fellow Craft and Master Mason" by George Thornburgh
The said fireman showed us many other things, and having found out we were "Britishers," was much pleased at our encomiums.
"The Truth About America" by Edward Money
Their occupations in his hands wear a pathetic dignity, which not even the encomiums of a Ruskin could heighten.
"Sir Tom" by Mrs. Oliphant
They deserved his encomium.
"Cedar Creek" by Elizabeth Hely Walshe
Few ladies have received such warm encomiums in England as Mrs. Lowell, and few have as richly deserved them.
"Home Life of Great Authors" by Hattie Tyng Griswold
Nor have the Americans been less grudging in their encomiums.
"Chapters in the History of the Insane in the British Isles" by Daniel Hack Tuke
It has been taken for granted to be good, and encomiums have supplied the place of proof.
"The Writings Of Thomas Paine, Complete" by Thomas Paine
Leberfink also poured out all his great admiration of the young lawyer's acuteness and energy in exaggerated encomiums.
"Weird Tales, Vol. II." by E. T. A. Hoffmann
Chipley received widespread encomiums.
"The History of the Medical Department of Transylvania University" by Robert Peter
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In poetry:

But O, if in her gorgeous dress,
Nature in all her loveliness
The world encomium should command,
'Tis on this narrow frith of land;
"Descriptive Voyage From New York To Aspinwall" by James Madison Bell
Thou goest to applaud th' Almighty's name,
For ev'ry gift which he vouchsaf'd to thee,
Thou goest his encomiums to proclaim,
Where his blest votaries assembled be.
"Things, Which A Person Ought To Meditate Upon, On The Lord's-Day," by Rees Prichard
With thy encomiums fill my mouth, O God!
That I thy name with all my might may bless,
And 'mongst the countless multitude applaud
The Sire of mercies for each good success.
"A Prayer, Concerning The Government Of Our Words And Lips, &c." by Rees Prichard
And well did British bravery deserve the proud encomium,
Which their enduring courage drew from the brave Napoleon;
And when the close column of infantry came on the British square,
Then the British gave one loud cheer which did rend the air.
"The Battle of Waterloo" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Ention the name William J Brennan Jr to a legal scholar, and you are likely to hear encomiums for the retiring Supreme Court Justice's reputation as one of the century's great defenders of individual liberties.
The departure of Mary Schapiro as chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission has occasioned one fawning encomium after another from the press.
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In science:

Encomium John Howie’s two books [7, 8] are an indispensible reference for anyone wanting to learn the fundamentals of semigroup theory and for all researchers in regular semigroups.
The structure of generalized inverse semigroups
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