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