noun, plural eu·lo·gies.

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 confusedelegy eulogy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for eulogy

Contemporary Examples of eulogy

Historical Examples of eulogy

  • 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 eulogy is so glorious that I certainly owe you a large share of thanks for it.

British Dictionary definitions for eulogy


noun plural -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 for eulogy

C16: from Late Latin eulogia, from Greek: praise, from eu- + -logy; influenced by Latin ēlogium short saying, inscription


Avoid confusion with elegy
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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

eulogy in Culture



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.)

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