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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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We have seen this in the encomiastic poems composed for him during his last expedition to Syria, in hagiographical accounts composed later (the two Siras), and even in historical accounts that are more neutral in tone.
In sum, Kolsky's engaging study shows that writings on women that appeared in Italy between Boccaccio's De mulieribus claris and Castigione's Libro del Cortegiano, far from being simple rhetorical or encomiastic exercises, constituted a battle of ideas over the place of women in contemporary society.
In the encomiastic context of the Silvae, mothers, the embodiment of the irrational in the epics, play, as we shall see, a very small role.
Conventional descriptions of her tended to portray her as a cultured, intermediary figure, and were almost universally encomiastic in tone.
The Latin medium and the contemplative mode of the Catholic Church, argues Targoff, actually encouraged private and individualistic attitudes to prayer; whereas the vernacular medium and shared confessional and encomiastic mode of the Protestant Church helped create a liturgy that, in prompting congregational participation, permitted increasingly little deviation.
A favorite of Mary, Christopher admired Swift and wrote letters and encomiastic verses to him.
results neither from the fulfilment of generic expectations about the encomiastic [Greek Text Omitted] of a traditional hymn nor from the conventional expectations suggested by the bath scene on Helicon, but from the skilful and completely unexpected juxtaposition of a number of traditional accounts - Artemis' bath and Actaeon's subsequent punishment; Athena's bath and Tiresias' subsequent punishment (Pher.); Athena's consolation of Chiron and Chariclo for the loss of Actaeon (Cat.).
Such perpetual introjection is actually a travesty of Scripture: Ippolita describes herself in the encomiastic language of conversion to Christ.
In his Apologia musices (1588), John Case condemns the use of music in the theatre, and the otherwise encomiastic Praise of Musicke (anonymous, 1586) displays 'suspicion of [the] unchasteness and incontinency' theatrical music might cause in the listener/spectator.
30), and to having a "mixed" personal and encomiastic expression (p.
Both Catholics and Reformers draw upon Stoic encomiastic conventions to glorify their own heroes during the Wars of Religion in France, and as Frank Lestringant points out, d'Aubigne in Les Tragiques effectively popularizes "stoic grandeur," traditionally reserved for a "refined elite," by describing poor and illiterate Huguenot martyrs in stoic terms (12).