AskDefine | Define eulogy

Dictionary Definition

eulogy n : a formal expression of praise [syn: encomium, panegyric, paean, pean]

User Contributed Dictionary



(eulogia), praise


  • italbrac UK: /ˈjuːlədʒi/, /"ju:l@dZi/
  • italbrac US: , /ˈjulədʒi/, /"jul@dZi/


  1. An oration to honor a deceased person, usually at a funeral.
  2. Speaking highly of someone; the act of praising or commending someone.

Related terms


an oration to honor a deceased person
high praise or recommendation
  • Finnish: ylistys
  • Norwegian: hyldningstale, lovtale
  • Romanian: elogiu

Extensive Definition

A eulogy is a speech or writing in praise of a person or thing. The word is derived from the Greek word εὐλογία (eulogia), meaning praise (εὐ meaning good or well and λογος meaning word, phrase, speech, etc).
The term "eulogy" may refer to a funeral oration given in tribute to a person or people who have recently died. Eulogies may be given as part of funeral services, however some denominations either discourage or do not permit eulogies at services to maintain respect for traditions.
Eulogies can also praise a living person or people who are still alive, which normally takes place on special occasions like birthdays etc.
Eulogies should not be confused with elegies, which are poems written in tribute to the dead; nor with obituaries, which are published biographies recounting the lives of those who have recently died; nor with obsequies, which refer generally to the rituals surrounding funerals.
Catholic priests are prohibited by the rubrics of the Mass from presenting a eulogy for the deceased in place of a homily during a funeral Mass.


Funeral Speech

See also

wikisourcecat Eulogies
eulogy in Arabic: قصيدة مدحية
eulogy in German: Grabrede
eulogy in French: Éloge funèbre
eulogy in Italian: Elogio
eulogy in Hebrew: הספד
eulogy in Hungarian: Emlékbeszéd
eulogy in Dutch: Eulogie
eulogy in Portuguese: Elogio
eulogy in Yiddish: הספד

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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