After retirement, Thomas Jefferson engaged in the founding of the University of Virginia. In a response to a letter from Jefferson explaining the planned innovations in education, John Adams expressed support.
To his encomium, [John Adams] added a grim prophecy: namely, that if there should be anything “quite original and very excellent” in the institution, deeply rooted prejudices would prevent it from lasting long.
[Source: D. Malone, The Sage of Monticello (Boston: Little, Brown and Co., 1981), p. 249.]
From Merriam-Webster online: n. an expression of glowing and warmly enthusiastic praise.
This post is part of a series, in which I look up words from my reading. These entries include foreign phrases, archaic and technical terms, and words for which my understanding is too approximate for my liking.