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Tuesday, July 27

Encomium

[en-KO-mee-əm]

Part of speech: noun

Origin: Latin, mid 16th century

1.

A speech or piece of writing that praises someone or something highly.

Examples of Encomium in a sentence

"Adlai Stevenson gave a moving encomium about Eleanor Roosevelt to the United Nations."

"The mayor praised the first responders in his encomium."

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About Encomium

This word hails from Latin, deriving from the ancient Greek “enkōmion,” meaning “eulogy.” The “en-” means “within” + “komos” means “revel.”

Did you Know?

The ancient Greeks developed this word to describe the public congratulatory speeches given to Olympic winners in the original games in 776 BCE.

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