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.
Origin of encomiumClassical Latin ; from Classical Greek enk?mion, hymn to a victor, neuter of enk?mios ; from en-, in + k?mos, a revel
nounpl. en·co·mi·ums or en·co·mi·a
- Warm, glowing praise.
- A formal expression of praise.
Origin of encomiumLatin enc&omacron;mium, from Greek enk&omacron;mion (epos), (speech) praising a victor, neuter of enk&omacron;mios, of the victory procession : en-, in; see en–2 + k&omacron;mos, 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”).