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Definition a formal expression of praise
  • The technique of identifying likenesses, the technique of praise, that of encomium and that of amplification.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • These encomiums bring them to Mount Pleasant and to Grandfather Smallweed's house.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • And applying his black beard to the pitcher, he took a draught much more moderate in quantity than his encomium seemed to warrant.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • The defense justified the encomium.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • Piute added his encomium: "Damn—heap big bear— Jack kill um—big chief!"
    Zane Grey  --  The Heritage of the Desert
  • She then burst forth into much warmer encomiums on the beauty of his person; enumerating many particulars, and ending with the whiteness of his skin.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • "I never seen their like," was Lassiter's encomium, "an' in my day I've seen a sight of horses.
    Zane Grey  --  Riders of the Purple Sage
  • Most of the encomiums seemed to embarrass and amuse Farmer.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • Andy handed out encomiums to several productive fishing holes we passed and indicated an osprey's nest on top of a utility pole.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • This great prince received me at my landing with all possible encomiums, and created me a nardac upon the spot, which is the highest title of honour among them.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver's Travels
  • This bounteous repast surprised and delighted the girls; when they had once tasted the roast wild turkey, then Milt Dale had occasion to blush at their encomiums.
    Zane Grey  --  The Man of the Forest
  • And as a remedy for this fatal evil he is everywhere peculiarly emphatical in his encomiums on the habeas-corpus act, which in one place he calls "the BULWARK of the British Constitution.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • I was expecting a stodgy, older gentleman who'd offer me canned encomiums about Hopkins and then stiffen and ask for the check when he found out the details of my standardized test scores.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • But as the encomiums to Washington continued, in speeches, sermons, and editorials—tributes that seemed often as contrived for show as the black plumes and fans—Abigail grew extremely impatient.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • When he had enumerated the many different occasions on which the Hurons had exhibited their courage and prowess, in the punishment of insults, he digressed in a high encomium on the virtue of wisdom.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • It afforded Madeline exceeding pleasure to have from one and all of her guests varied encomiums of her beautiful home, and a real and warm interest in what promised to be a delightful and memorable visit.
    Zane Grey  --  The Light of Western Stars
  • M. Krempe was not equally docile; and in my condition at that time, of almost insupportable sensitiveness, his harsh blunt encomiums gave me even more pain than the benevolent approbation of M. Waldman.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • Without subscribing to these perhaps exaggerated encomiums, I can truly say that my abode in the city was mainly agreeable, and my intercourse with the inhabitants productive of much amusement and instruction.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Celestial Railroad
  • 'Very well, ma'am,' said Ralph, turning to the door, for these encomiums on poverty irritated him; 'I have done my duty, and perhaps more than I ought: of course nobody will thank me for saying what I have.'
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • When she had finished the wine and these encomiums, he charged her to load her basket (she was never without her basket) with every eatable thing upon the table, and to take especial care to leave no scrap behind.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit

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