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elegy vs. eulogy
elegy vs. eulogy: What's the difference?
Eulogy refers to any speech or writing in praise of a person, but it’s especially used for a formalized speech in honor of a deceased person. Elegy refers to a mournful poem or song, especially one written for a funeral or a deceased person. While a eulogy is a standard part of many funerals, elegies are slightly less common.
[ el-i-jee ]
- a mournful, melancholy, or plaintive poem, especially a funeral song or a lament for the dead.
- a poem written in elegiac meter.
- a sad or mournful musical composition.
[ yoo-luh-jee ]
- 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.