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