Definition of eulogy
- she delivered the eulogy at his funeral
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
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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.
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
: a speech that praises someone who has died
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