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From Ancient Greek εὐλογία (eulogía, praise); equivalent to eu- +‎ logia.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈjuːlədʒi/
  • (US) enPR: yo͞oʹlə-jē, IPA(key): /ˈjulədʒi/
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eulogy (plural eulogies)

  1. An oration to honor a deceased person, usually at a funeral.
  2. Speaking highly of someone or something; the act of praising or commending someone or something.
    • 1859, Wilkie Collins, The Woman in White:
      It was the prettiest and most luxurious little sitting-room I had ever seen; and I admired it with the warmest enthusiasm. The solemn servant was far too highly trained to betray the slightest satisfaction. He bowed with icy deference when my terms of eulogy were all exhausted, and silently opened the door for me to go out into the passage again.
    • 2013, Daniel Taylor, Rickie Lambert's debut goal gives England victory over Scotland (in The Guardian, 14 August 2013)[1]
      The Southampton striker, who also struck a post late on, was being serenaded by the Wembley crowd before the end and should probably brace himself for some Lambert-mania over the coming days but, amid the eulogies, it should not overlook the deficiencies that were evident in another stodgy England performance.



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  • elegy – similar-sounding funeral word