encomium

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin encōmium (praise, eulogy), from Ancient Greek ἐγκώμιον (enkṓmion, laudatory ode, praise), from ἐγκώμιος (enkṓmios, of or pertaining to the victor), from κῶμος (kômos, festival, revel, ode).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ɛŋˈkəʊ.mɪ.əm/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ɛnˈkoʊ.mɪ.əm/, /ɪnˈkoʊ.mɪ.əm/
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Noun[edit]

encomium (plural encomiums or encomia)

  1. Warm praise, especially a formal expression of such praise; a tribute.
    • 1763, Antoine-Simon Le Page du Pratz, History of Louisiana (1763 tr. of L'Histoire de la Louisiane, 1758) (PG), p. 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, Zane Grey, Riders of the Purple Sage, Chapter 3
      "I never seen their like," was Lassiter's encomium, "an' in my day I've seen a sight of horses.
    • 1960, P. G. Wodehouse, Jeeves in the Offing, chapter X:
      I am, you will agree, mature, and in my earlier days I won no little praise for my skill at hunt-the-slipper. I remember one of the hostesses whose Christmas parties I attended comparing me to a juvenile bloodhound. An extravagant encomium, of course, but that is what she said.
  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.

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encomium m (plural encomiums)

  1. An Ancient Greek literary genre of praise.
  2. (obsolete) Dictionary.

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek ἐγκώμιον (enkṓmion, laudatory ode, praise).

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Noun[edit]

encōmium n (genitive encōmiī); second declension

  1. Praise, eulogy.

Inflection[edit]

Second declension neuter.

Number Singular Plural
nominative encōmium encōmia
genitive encōmiī encōmiōrum
dative encōmiō encōmiīs
accusative encōmium encōmia
ablative encōmiō encōmiīs
vocative encōmium encōmia

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