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[yoo-luh-jee] /ˈyu lə dʒi/
noun, plural eulogies.
a speech or writing in praise of a person or thing, especially a set oration in honor of a deceased person.
high praise or commendation.
Origin of eulogy
1585-95; < Late Latin eulogia eulogia and Medieval Latin eulogium eulogium
Can be confused
elegy, eulogy. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • His oration was lengthy and his eulogy spoken with evident emotion.

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
  • Southerners incline to eulogy; and syllabubs insist upon it.

    St. Cuthbert's Robert E. Knowles
  • That was as far as I could get with it: in fact, that was about all there was to be said by way of eulogy.

    Left on Labrador

    Charles Asbury Stephens
  • This eulogy of Henry plainly implies some short experience of his reign.

    The Ship of Fools, Volume 1 Sebastian Brandt
  • The eulogy is so glorious that I certainly owe you a large share of thanks for it.

    Woman's Work in Music Arthur Elson
British Dictionary definitions for eulogy


noun (pl) -gies
a formal speech or piece of writing praising a person or thing, esp a person who has recently died
high praise or commendation
Also called (archaic) eulogium (juːˈləʊdʒɪəm)
Word Origin
C16: from Late Latin eulogia, from Greek: praise, from eu- + -logy; influenced by Latin ēlogium short saying, inscription
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Word Origin and History for eulogy

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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eulogy in Culture
eulogy [(yooh-luh-jee)]

Words of praise, often for a dead person, but also a staple in introducing speakers, in nominating candidates, and on other such occasions. (Compare elegy.)

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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