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noun, plural eu·lo·gies.
  1. a speech or writing in praise of a person or thing, especially a set oration in honor of a deceased person.
  2. high praise or commendation.
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Origin of eulogy

1585–95; < Late Latin eulogia eulogia and Medieval Latin eulogium eulogium
Can be confusedelegy eulogy
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Related Words for eulogy

tribute, citation, paean, accolade, acclaim, applause, commendation, exaltation, panegyric, encomium, adulation, plaudit, salutation, compliment, glorification, laudation

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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
  1. a formal speech or piece of writing praising a person or thing, esp a person who has recently died
  2. high praise or commendation
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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."

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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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