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eulogy

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noun eu·lo·gy \ˈyü-lə-jē\

Simple Definition of eulogy

  • : a speech that praises someone who has died

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of eulogy

plural

eulogies

  1. 1 :  a commendatory oration or writing especially in honor of one deceased <she delivered the eulogy at his funeral>

  2. 2 :  high praise

eulogistic

play \ˌyü-lə-ˈjis-tik\ adjective

eulogistically

play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of eulogy in a sentence

  1. He delivered a moving eulogy at his father's funeral.

  2. <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

encomium, eulogy, panegyric, tribute, citation mean a formal expression of praise. encomium implies enthusiasm and warmth in praising a person or a thing <received encomiums from literary critics>. eulogy applies to a prepared speech or writing extolling the virtues and services of a person <delivered the eulogy at the funeral service>. panegyric suggests an elaborate often poetic compliment <her lyrical memoir was a panegyric to her mentor>. tribute implies deeply felt praise conveyed either through words or through a significant act <the concert was a musical tribute to the early jazz masters>. citation applies to the formal praise of a person offered in a military dispatch or in awarding an honorary degree <earned a citation for bravery>.


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