encomium

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

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).

PronunciationEdit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ɛŋˈkəʊ.mɪ.əm/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ɛnˈkoʊ.mɪ.əm/, /ɪnˈkoʊ.mɪ.əm/
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NounEdit

encomium (plural encomiums or encomia)

  1. Warm praise, especially a formal expression of such praise; a tribute.
    • 1763, Antoine-Simon Le Page du Pratz, History of Louisiana (1763 tr. of L'Histoire de la Louisiane, 1758) (PG), p. 39
      I rejoined our people, and expected a reprimand for having forced the enemy without orders; though I had my excuse ready. But here I was mistaken; for I met with nothing but encomiums. —
    • 1912, Zane Grey, Riders of the Purple Sage, Chapter 3
      "I never seen their like," was Lassiter's encomium, "an' in my day I've seen a sight of horses.
    • 1960, P. G. Wodehouse, Jeeves in the Offing, chapter X:
      I am, you will agree, mature, and in my earlier days I won no little praise for my skill at hunt-the-slipper. I remember one of the hostesses whose Christmas parties I attended comparing me to a juvenile bloodhound. An extravagant encomium, of course, but that is what she said.
  2. (rhetoric) A general category of oratory.
  3. (rhetoric) A method within rhetorical pedagogy.
  4. The eighth exercise in the progymnasmata series.
  5. (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.

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NounEdit

encomium m (plural encomiums)

  1. An Ancient Greek literary genre of praise.
  2. (obsolete) Dictionary.

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LatinEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Ancient Greek ἐγκώμιον (enkōmion, laudatory ode, praise).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

encōmium n (genitive encōmiī); second declension

  1. Praise, eulogy.

InflectionEdit

Second declension neuter.

Number Singular Plural
nominative encōmium encōmia
genitive encōmiī encōmiōrum
dative encōmiō encōmiīs
accusative encōmium encōmia
ablative encōmiō encōmiīs
vocative encōmium encōmia

Related termsEdit

  • encōmiographus

DescendantsEdit

Last modified on 17 April 2014, at 13:23