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A person who publicly praises or flatters someone else.‘Yesterday, I watched a program by a famous encomiast in China.’‘He is admired not as an uncritical encomiast of his own culture and society, but rather as an exemplum of the spirit - both critical and conservative - that is among the West's most enduring legacies to the world.’sycophant, groveller, fawner, lackey, obsequious person, kowtower, time server
Early 17th century from Greek enkōmiastēs, from enkōmiazein ‘to praise’, from enkōmion (see encomium).
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