An example of an encomium is the speech given to the recipient of a service award presented each year by a town’s city hall.
nounpl. en·co·mi·ums or en·co·mi·a
- Warm, glowing praise.
- A formal expression of praise.
Origin of encomiumLatin encōmium, from Greek enkōmion (epos), (speech) praising a victor, neuter of enkōmios, of the victory procession : en-, in; see en–2 + kōmos, celebration.
(plural encomiums or encomia)
- Warm praise, especially a formal expression of such praise; a tribute.
- (rhetoric) A general category of oratory.
- (rhetoric) A method within rhetorical pedagogy.
- The eighth exercise in the progymnasmata series.
- (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.
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”).