Definition of eulogy in English:

eulogy

noun

  • A speech or piece of writing that praises someone or something highly, especially a tribute to someone who has just died.

    ‘a eulogy to the Queen Mother’
    • ‘Now, hardly a day goes by without City's England international receiving the plaudits and eulogies from the soccer community.’
    • ‘Even an inaugural speech or a funeral eulogy loses relevance when taken out of context.’
    • ‘Martha delivered the eulogy, which was broadcast to the mourners outside.’
    • ‘I tell her perhaps they'll let her deliver the eulogy for my cousin, when he comes home in a box.’
    • ‘This stemmed from a eulogy I delivered at a memorial for him upon his death two years ago.’
    • ‘A ceremony was held, a digging of a shallow grave, a brief eulogy, a moment of silence.’
    • ‘Eight pall bearers placed the flag-covered coffin at the alter where many stepped forward to deliver eulogies.’
    • ‘The piece is a eulogy by his sister Shiela on the death of their mother.’
    • ‘Many laudatory speeches during birthday parties and eulogies during funerals simply skip over this time and construct biographical outlines without these years.’
    • ‘A line or two of grudging praise is all he gets when a eulogy might be in order.’
    • ‘The president, of course, delivered one of the eulogies.’
    • ‘Yet after I left the funeral, some key themes of the media eulogies and other testimonials kept bothering me.’
    • ‘Then there will be a real state funeral, familiar nostalgia, more eulogies to praise duty and endurance.’
    • ‘When the eulogy is heard and the tributes are given, none of us will have to search for words, bite our tongues or lie.’
    • ‘It's one of the great tragedies of human life that we tend to save our best compliments for eulogies.’
    • ‘As elegant as the eulogies were, the greatest tribute paid to him came after the service.’
    • ‘I'm sorry I didn't mention that when I wrote his obituary or delivered his eulogy.’
    • ‘They were all sitting together listening to the priest delivering a eulogy to Sara.’
    • ‘Surely a grown-up modern democracy should put debate at the heart of its responsibility, rather than devote precious parliamentary time to anecdotes and eulogies?’
    • ‘The pastor delivered an eloquent eulogy for Ryan and then softly shut his book.’
    accolade, speech of praise, panegyric, paean, encomium, tribute, testimonial, compliment, commendation
    praise, acclaim, acclamation, raving, homage, plaudits, bouquets
    extolment, laudation, eulogium
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Origin

Late Middle English (in the sense ‘high praise’): from medieval Latin eulogium, eulogia (from Greek eulogia praise), apparently influenced by Latin elogium inscription on a tomb (from Greek elegia elegy). The current sense dates from the late 16th century.

Pronunciation:

eulogy

/ˈjuːlədʒi/