encomium encomium
 en-co'-mi-um Gk. "eulogy"

Generally, encomium means the praise of a person or thing. While keeping this general meaning, "encomium" also names several distinct aspects of rhetoric:
  1. A general category of oratory (nearly synonymous with "epideictic")
  2. A method within rhetorical pedagogy (one of the "progymnasmata": Encomium)
  3. A figure of speech. As a figure, "encomium" means praising a person or thing, but occuring on a smaller scale than an entire speech.

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Gideon O. Burton, Brigham Young University
Please cite "Silva Rhetoricae" (rhetoric.byu.edu)

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