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 encomium
- Latin encōmium from Greek enkōmion (epos) (speech) praising a victor neuter of enkōmios of the victory procession en- in en–2 kōmos celebration
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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”).