An encomium is a fancy word for a formal speech or piece of writing that warmly praises someone or something.

Encomium comes from the Greek word enkomion which, in a nutshell, is to honor someone or something at a party in a poetic speech. It used to refer to the song for the winner of the Olympic Games, sung at a victory celebration. You might hear an encomium at a retirement party, after you publish a fabulous book, or even at a funeral (a eulogy, or speech at a funeral about the person who died, is a kind of encomium). It's pronounced with a long O, en-CO-mium.

Definitions of encomium
  1. noun
    a formal expression of praise
    synonyms: eulogy, paean, panegyric, pean
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    type of:
    congratulations, extolment, kudos, praise
    an expression of approval and commendation
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