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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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But if these hymns free the speaker to cry "Amen" in solidarity with other encomiasts, they also cast him in a satiric light, as the only "unlettered" clerk among a host of golden pens.
However, now this defensiveness is caught between a concern for spectacle continuous with nineteenth-century 'official nationalism' and a new self-consciousness--a certain kind of postnationalism that only feels comfortable in using the flattering images of encomiasts and creative consultants to project an image of itself to itself.
On this subject, see Erwin Panofsky's enlightening remarks: "If the encomiasts of Francis I, before and after his death, were hardly able to pronounce his name without acclaiming him as a `dispeller of ignorance' they did not indulge in empty flattery.
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