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[in-koh-mi-ŭm](plural-mia)

A composition in prose or verse written in praise of some person, event, or idea; a eulogy. Originally denoting a Greek choral song in praise of a victorious athlete, the term was later extended to include prose compositions devoted to praise, usually involving elaborate rhetoric. Many odes and elegies are wholly or partly encomiastic. An author of encomia is an encomiast. See also panegyric.

Subjects: Literature.


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