May 27th, 2013


Monday word: encomium, and other forms of praise

encomium  (n-km-m), noun.
1.  glowing, warmly enthusiastic praise
2.  a formal expression of praise

Etymology: 1580s, Latin encomium, from classical Greek encomion, the praise of a person or thing.

My Webster's Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary (well, it was new-ish when I went to college...) says the following:

  Synonyms encomium, eulogy, panegyric, tribute, citation mean a formal expression of praise.
  Encomium implies enthusiasm and warmth in praising a person or thing.
  Eulogy applies to a prepared speech or writing extolling the virtues and services of a person.
  Panegyric suggests an elaborate often poetic compliment.
  Tribute implies deeply felt praise conveyed either through words or through a significant act.
  Citation applies to the formal praise accompanying the mention of a person in a military dispatch or in awarding an honorary degree.