Definition of eulogy in US English:

eulogy

noun

  • A speech or piece of writing that praises someone or something highly, typically someone who has just died.

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

/ˈyo͞oləjē//ˈjulədʒi/