noun eu·lo·gy \ˈyü-lə-jē\

: a speech that praises someone who has died

plural eu·lo·gies

Full Definition of EULOGY

:  a commendatory oration or writing especially in honor of one deceased <she delivered the eulogy at his funeral>
:  high praise
eu·lo·gis·tic \ˌyü-lə-ˈjis-tik\ adjective
eu·lo·gis·ti·cal·ly \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Origin of EULOGY

Middle English euloge, from Medieval Latin eulogium, from Greek eulogia praise, from eu- + -logia -logy
First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of EULOGY

encomium, eulogy, panegyric, tribute, citation mean a formal expression of praise. encomium implies enthusiasm and warmth in praising a person or a thing <received encomiums from literary critics>. eulogy applies to a prepared speech or writing extolling the virtues and services of a person <delivered the eulogy at the funeral service>. panegyric suggests an elaborate often poetic compliment <her lyrical memoir was a panegyric to her mentor>. tribute implies deeply felt praise conveyed either through words or through a significant act <the concert was a musical tribute to the early jazz masters>. citation applies to the formal praise of a person offered in a military dispatch or in awarding an honorary degree <earned a citation for bravery>.

Other Literature Terms

apophasis, bathos, bildungsroman, bowdlerize, caesura, coda, doggerel, euphemism, poesy, prosody


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