Simple Definition of eulogy
: a speech that praises someone who has died
Examples of eulogy in a sentence
He delivered a moving eulogy at his father's funeral.
<several eulogies were given at the special assembly marking the retirement of the company's longtime president>
Did You Know?
With its -logy ending, eulogy means literally something like "good speech". We are told to speak only good of the dead, but a eulogist actually makes a speech in the dead person's honor--or often instead for someone living, who might actually be there in the audience. The most famous eulogies include Lincoln's Gettysburg Address and Pericles' funeral oration for the Athenian warriors; but these are only two of the many great eulogies, which continue to be delivered not only at funerals and memorial services but at retirement parties, anniversary parties, and birthday parties.
Origin and Etymology of eulogy
Middle English euloge, from Medieval Latin eulogium, from Greek eulogia praise, from eu- + -logia -logy
First Known Use: 15th century
Synonym Discussion of eulogy
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