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.

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