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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ All the eulogies he offered seemed to be for the men who had been the cornerstones of the neighborhood.
▪ As I warmed to my eulogy of his skills,.
▪ Awards were deluged on him, as were titles, praise and eulogies in the national press.
▪ He ended this eulogy by asking Leopold's blessing on the marriage.
▪ She had succeeded in damning him with the faintest of eulogies.
▪ There were no eulogies, only mourners eminently qualified to have given them.
▪ What could be more fun than heckling the problem speaker at your own eulogy?
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Eulogy \Eu"lo*gy\, n.; pl. Eulogies. [Gr. ?, from ? well speaking; e'y^ well + ? to speak. Cf. Eulogium, and see Legend.] A speech or writing in commendation of the character or services of a person; as, a fitting eulogy to worth.

Eulogies turn into elegies.

Syn: Encomium; praise; panegyric; applause.

Usage: Eulogy, Eulogium, Encomium, Panegyric. The idea of praise is common to all these words. The word encomium is used of both persons and things which are the result of human action, and denotes warm praise. Eulogium and eulogy apply only to persons and are more studied and of greater length. A panegyric was originally a set speech in a full assembly of the people, and hence denotes a more formal eulogy, couched in terms of warm and continuous praise, especially as to personal character. We may bestow encomiums on any work of art, on production of genius, without reference to the performer; we bestow eulogies, or pronounce a eulogium, upon some individual distinguished for his merit public services; we pronounce a panegyric before an assembly gathered for the occasion.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

mid-15c., from Latin eulogium, from Greek eulogia "praise; good or fine language" (in New Testament, "blessing"), from eu "well" (see eu-) + -logia "speaking" (see -logy). Eu legein meant "speak well of."


n. 1 An oration to honor a deceased person, usually at a funeral. 2 Speaking highly of someone; the act of praising or commending someone.


n. a formal expression of praise [syn: encomium, panegyric, paean, pean]


A eulogy (from εὐλογία, eulogia, Classical Greek for "praise") is a speech or writing in praise of a person(s) or thing(s), especially one who recently died or retired or as a term of endearment.

Eulogies may be given as part of funeral services. They take place in a funeral home during or after a wake. However, some denominations either discourage or do not permit eulogies at services to maintain respect for traditions. Eulogies can also praise people who are still alive. This normally takes place on special occasions like birthdays, office parties, retirement celebrations, etc. Eulogies should not be confused with elegies, which are poems written in tribute to the dead; nor with obituaries, which are published biographies recounting the lives of those who have recently died; nor with obsequies, which refer generally to the rituals surrounding funerals. Catholic priests are prohibited by the rubrics of the Mass from presenting a eulogy for the deceased in place of a homily during a funeral Mass.

The modern use of the word eulogy was first documented in the 15th century and came from the Medieval Latin term “eulogium” (Merriam-Webster 2012). “Eulogium” at that time has since turned into the shorter “eulogy” of today.

Eulogies are usually delivered by a family member or a close family friend in the case of a dead person. For a living eulogy given in such cases as a retirement, a senior colleague could perhaps deliver it. On occasions, eulogies are given to those who are severely ill or elderly in order to express words of love and gratitude before they die. Eulogies are not limited to merely people, however; Places or things can also be given eulogies (which anyone can deliver), but these are less common than those delivered to people, whether living or deceased.

Eulogy (film)

Eulogy is a 2004 comedy film directed by Michael Clancy.

Eulogy (disambiguation)

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Usage examples of "eulogy".

Everett delivered an eloquent eulogy after his death, at the Phi Beta Kappa dinner at Harvard.

I know I must attribute the eulogy which it contains to his kindness of heart, and desire to meet more than half way my own cordial feeling toward the portion of my countrymen to whom he belongs.

Garfield, when I can say some things which ought to be said, and for which there is not room in this book and was not room in the eulogy delivered just after his death.

Shortly after his death I delivered a eulogy before the people of Worcester at the request of the City Government.

I was asked by John Sherman, who more than anybody else had the matter in charge, to deliver the eulogy before the two Houses of Congress.

They did not discuss the merits of the principal question much, but the burden of their speech was eulogy of Mr.

It is not until after his death, when we sum up what he has done for purposes of biography or of eulogy, that we see how important and varied has been the work of his life.

The eulogy upon Grant delivered at Worcester, especially the wonderful passage where he contrasts the greeting which Napoleon might expect from his soldiers and companions in arms at a meeting beyond the grave with that which Grant might expect from his brethren, is also one of the best specimens of eloquence in modern times.

It seemed that no eulogy or funeral was complete unless Anthony had taken part in it, because he was reckoned the next friend of the man who was dead.

Elliott delivered an excellent eulogy on Charles Sumner, in Boston, which was published with those of Carl Schurz and George William Curtis, and was entirely worthy of the companionship.

In 1874, at a time when the passions of the Civil War seemed to blaze higher, and the angry conflict between the sections seemed to blaze higher even than during the war itself, he astonished and shocked the people of the South by pronouncing a tender and affectionate eulogy on Charles Sumner.

His eulogy on Calhoun, with whom in general he sympathized, was a masterpiece of eloquence, but his eulogy on Charles Sumner, which probably no other man in the South could have uttered without political death, was greater still.

I was afterward invited by the City Government of Worcester to deliver a historical eulogy on President McKinley before them.

If a great Catholic Prelate were to die, his eulogy should not be pronounced by a Protestant.

I suppose nobody would have dreamed of asking a Free Trader to pronounce the eulogy on President McKinley if he had died soon after the beginning of his first term.