Part of speech: noun
Origin: Latin, mid 16th century
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."
Popularity Over Time
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.