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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.
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Adj.1.encomiastic - formally expressing praise
complimentary - conveying or resembling a compliment; "a complimentary remark"
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Her lyrics diverge from the meditative and encomiastic role that Vittoria Colonna's writing assumed during her widowhood.
5) The case of William Sampson is symptomatic of this situation: Larminie suggests that his encomiastic poems to Derbyshire gentry 'indicat[e] a constituency enthusiastic to consume such literature and hin[t] at the active involvement of some of them in the arts'.
While Pindar's work had set the stage for incorporating biographical elements into encomiastic praise, and while we may be tempted to consider his hymns as important precedents that might have ushered Isocrates' encomiastic praise of Evagoras in the direction of the genre of biography, it is important to note that, however much Isocrates might have been influenced by Pindar's victory odes, he exhibits an orientation toward biography that is substantively different from that of his predecessor.
Not only does she appear in Sor Juana's catalogue of learned women in the Respuesta, the Duchess also received an encomiastic poem written by Sor Juana (1: 102-05), a romance that has received substantial scholarly attention.
Schirren, emphasising like Gyselinck and Demoen the metapoetic aspects of the Life and of Proteus, sees the use of the sea-god in the opening chapters as giving 'den erwunschten Wink fur die Frage nach dem fiktionalen Status', and as essentially undermining the apparently encomiastic tone of the work.
He thereby lays bare the reality of court life in which the courtier who serves the ruling elite through encomiastic writing has little scope to speak his mind ("'Il buon poeta e il piU bugiardo': adulazione e falsita nella letteratura barocca").
The order in which Musaeus has the three poets appear thus allegorizes the order of English literary history; the stream of English verse, like the sequence of these encomiastic speakers, originates with Chaucer and then flows through Spenser and Milton.
Sir John Beaumont, in Bosworth Field: With a Taste of the Variety of Other Poems (London: Felix Kyngston, 1629), 136, uses the same technique in an encomiastic sonnet to Charles I, "At the end of his Majesties first yeere' the "periodos" symbolism is evident:
The depictions have a clear encomiastic intent, in which both the river and the features on its banks are praised (25).
The material contained in the appendices--transcriptions and translations of 15 encomiastic poems for Torelli from the Cremona manuscript (four of which were composed by members of the Innominati), and all six additional surviving works by Torelli herself--is an additional gift for those interested in working on this understudied dramatist.
The 99 odes and 27 epigrams, which Macrin as cubicularius regis dedicated to King Francis I, show a similar pious, but encomiastic, character.