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 awakened all my ardor. --W. Irving.

Syn: See {Eulogy}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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