V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. intense praise; 2. a text featuring high or intense praise

Synonyms: eulogy, praise

Antonyms: condemnation

Tips: Encomium comes from the Greek egko¯mion, meaning “eulogy,” literally meaning "to revel in.” It often refers to a text or speech dedicated to honoring or praising someone and is a rather formal term.

Usage Examples:

Gorgias' encomium depicts Helen of Troy as a righteous woman and an innocent victim. (eulogy)

The book is essentially an encomium to the man's father, whom he idolizes. (praise, honor, eulogy)

Joey decided to write an encomium about himself before he died to make sure he received accurate honor. (eulogy)

The encomium I read at my father's memorial elicited both tears and laughter, but mainly, it appropriately honored him. (eulogy)

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