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 (ĕn-kō′mē-ăst′, -əst)
A person who delivers or writes an encomium; a eulogist.

[Greek enkōmiastēs, from enkōmiazein, to praise, from enkōmion, encomium; see encomium.]

en·co′mi·as′tic (-ăs′tĭk), en·co′mi·as′ti·cal (-tĭ-kəl) adj.


(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a person who speaks or writes an encomium
[C17: from Greek enkōmiastēs, from enkōmiazein to utter an encomium]
enˌcomiˈastic, enˌcomiˈastical adj
enˌcomiˈastically adv


(ɛnˈkoʊ miˌæst, -əst)

a person who utters or writes an encomium; eulogist.
[1600–10; < Greek]
en•co`mi•as′tic, adj.
en•co`mi•as′ti•cal•ly, adv.
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32) Theodore Beza, Calvin's successor in Geneva, calls Origen "the choice tool of the devil," and the Lutheran Magdeburg Centuriators think of John Chrysostom as "the immoderate encomiast of good works.
Yet it is inevitable that our understanding of Gildersleeve's own subjective responses to this Theban encomiast of the aristocracy must be immeasurably deepened by excavating the inside of the Confederate scholar's head (see Schein 1986; Hopkins 1986; and DuBois 2003, 13-8).
While this perhaps implies a false dichotomy, one value of this volume is certainly the breadth of roles and relationships in which it displays Battiferra: as academician of the Intronati of Siena, as religious patron of the Florentine Jesuits, as courtly encomiast of the Medici, as imitator of Della Casa, Colonna, and Bernardo Cappello, and as poetic correspondent of Varchi, Caro, and Gabriele Fiamma.
An encomiast from Arizona was looking forward to using the book in her classes, and typing its title into one of the web's search engines reveals that it has been adopted as a coursebook around the world.
30) while this may actually represent Lyly's own strategy as court encomiast, it would be an act of extraordinary foolhardiness to demystify one's practice in this way.
Philip was as pitiless as the age demanded: he condemned hundreds of refugees to death by starvation and exposure at the siege of Chateau Gaillard during the winter of 1203-4; even Guillaume le Breton, Philip's sycophantic encomiast and official royal biographer, praises Philip for matching Richard's cruelty like-for-like in the vain hope that "no one would believe him less than Richard in strength and courage.
Would that I were a first-class encomiast living off the gratuities of someone rich and powerful, traveling by his side, chronicling his every word and deed, scattering flowers at the feet of his entourage, laughing heroically at his witty cultural faux pas, wiping spittle from his chin.
After making poetical amends, Ibn Gabirol won ha-Nagid's favor and subsequently became his main court encomiast.
12) In Horace's case, the metaphor of representation assumes a special resonance: for as an encomiast of the Augustan regime, one supported by its benefactions, he became an instrument of an intentionally cultivated vision.