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From Ancient Greek ἐγκωμιαστικός (enkōmiastikós).


  • IPA(key): /ɛnkoʊmiˈæstɪk/


encomiastic (comparative more encomiastic, superlative most encomiastic)

  1. Of or relating to an encomiast.
  2. Bestowing praise; eulogistic; laudatory.
    an encomiastic address or discourse
    • 2001, Phiroze Vasunia, The Gift of the Nile: Hellenizing Egypt from Aeschylus to Alexander, Berkeley, Calif.: University of California Press, ISBN 978-0-520-22820-7, page 193:
      As Philodemus indicated in antiquity, encomia of Busiris [by Isocrates] belong to this category of "paradoxical" or "adoxographic" treatises, which flourished in nearly all periods of ancient Greek literature. These were speeches written in the encomiastic style on subjects that were immediately recognizable to ancient audiences as vile, trivial, ridiculous, or otherwise unsuited to praise.

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encomiastic (plural encomiastics)

  1. A panegyric.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Ben Jonson to this entry?)