Definition of eulogy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈyo͞oləjē/

noun (plural eulogies)

A speech or piece of writing that praises someone or something highly, typically someone who has just died: his good friend delivered a brief eulogy
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  • The piece is a eulogy by his sister Shiela on the death of their mother.
  • Even an inaugural speech or a funeral eulogy loses relevance when taken out of context.
  • Then there will be a real state funeral, familiar nostalgia, more eulogies to praise duty and endurance.
accolade, panegyric, paean, tribute, compliment, commendation;
praise, acclaim;
plaudits, bouquets
formal encomium


Late Middle English (in the sense 'high praise'): from medieval Latin eulogium, eulogia (from Greek eulogia 'praise'), apparently influenced by Latin elogium 'inscription on a tomb' (from Greek elegia 'elegy'). The current sense dates from the late 16th century.

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Syllabification: eu·lo·gy

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