encomium


encomium
encomium, eulogy, panegyric, tribute, citation denote a more or less formal and public expression of praise.
Encomium implies enthusiasm or warmth in praising a thing or more often a person
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encomium in old time was poet's work— Cowper

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the encomiums by my friend pronounced on humble life— Wordsworth

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every worthy quality which he had in mind when he rolled out his unctuous encomiums of Americanism— S. H. Adams

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Eulogy implies a more studied form than encomium; as a rule it applies to a speech (or writing) extolling the virtues and the services of a person; the term is especially and specifically applied to a funeral oration or sermon of this character
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great minds should only criticize the great who have passed beyond the reach of eulogy or faultfinding— Lang

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I would rather have a plain coffin without a flower, a funeral without a eulogy, than a life without . . . love and sympathy— Childs

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Panegyric carries a far stronger implication of elaborate, high- flown, often poetical or rhetorical compliment than either of the preceding terms but it does not now emphasize publicity as much as it once did
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but verse, alas! your Majesty disdains; and I'm not used to panegyric strains— Pope

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all panegyrics are mingled with an infusion of poppy— Swift

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Tribute applies not only to spoken or written praise but to any act or situation which can be construed as taking its place
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no tribute can be paid to them which exceeds their merit— John Marshall

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I am appointed sole executor, a confidence I appreciate as a tribute to my lifelong friendship— H. G. Wells

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Citation is used in designating either the formal eulogy accompanying the awarding of an honor (as an honorary degree) or the specific mention of a person in military service in an order or dispatch
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Columbia's citation praised Mr. Rhee as an "indomitable leader, implacable enemy of Communist totalitarianism" and "a scholar and statesman"— Christian Science Monitor

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he had received the Croix de Guerre, with a divisional citation, for his service in Belgium— Malcolm Cowley

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Analogous words: lauding or laudation, extolling or extollation, praising or praise (see corresponding verbs at PRAISE): plaudits, *applause, acclaim, acclamation: commending or commendation, complimenting or compliment (see corresponding verbs at COMMEND)
Contrasted words: invective, *abuse, vituperation, obloquy

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  • Encomium — is a Latin word deriving from the Classical Greek ἐγκώμιον ( encomion ) meaning the praise of a person or thing. Related to this general meaning, encomium also identifies several distinct aspects of rhetoric:* A general category of oratory * A… …   Wikipedia

  • encomium — 1580s, from L.L. encomium, from Gk. enkomion (epos) laudatory (ode), eulogy, from en in (see EN (Cf. en ) (2)) + komos banquet, procession, merrymaking …   Etymology dictionary

  • Encomium — En*co mi*um, n.; pl. {Encomiums}. [NL., fr. Gr. ? (a song) chanted in a Bacchic festival in praise of the god; ? in + ? a jovial festivity, revel. See {Comedy}.] Warm or high praise; panegyric; strong commendation. [1913 Webster] His encomiums… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Encomĭum — Encomĭum, s. Enkomion …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Encomĭum — (lat.), s. Enkomion …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • encomium — index laudation Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • encomium — [ınˈkəumiəm US ˈkou ] n plural encomiums or encomia formal the expression of a lot of praise …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • encomium — meaning ‘a formal expression of praise’, has the plural form encomiums or occasionally encomia …   Modern English usage

  • encomium — ► NOUN (pl. encomiums or encomia) formal ▪ a speech or piece of writing expressing praise. ORIGIN Greek enk mion eulogy …   English terms dictionary

  • encomium — [en kō′mē əm] n. pl. encomiums or encomia [en kō′mēə] [L < Gr enkōmion, hymn to a victor, neut. of enkōmios < en , in + kōmos, a revel] a formal expression of high praise; eulogy SYN. TRIBUTE …   English World dictionary


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