eulogy

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n eulogy a formal expression of praise
    • n eulogy a formal expression of praise for someone who has died recently
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Eulogy A speech or writing in commendation of the character or services of a person; as, a fitting eulogy to worth. "Eulogies turn into elegies."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n eulogy High commendation of a person or thing, especially when expressed in a formal manner or to an undue degree; specifically, a speech or writing delivered or composed for the express purpose of lauding its subject.
    • n eulogy Same as eulogia.
    • n eulogy Synonyms Encomium, Eulogy, Eulogium, Panegyric. These words are best understood through their history. (See the derivations.) Eulogy is stronger than encomium, but still is the most general word. An encomium is an expression of warm praise, of some fullness and completeness, like the ancient laudatory ode: encomium is not a distinctive name for a set speech; the others may be: as, Everett's Eulogy upon the Pilgrim Fathers; the Panegyric of Isocrates. Eulogium is only a more formal word for eulogy. The last three may be used abstractly, but not encomium; we may say, it was mere eulogy or panegyric, but not mere encomium. Eulogy, a eulogy, and an encomium may be tempered with criticism; panegyric and a panegyric are only praise; hence, panegyric is often used for exaggerated or undiscriminating praise.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Eulogy ū′lo-ji a speaking well of: a speech or writing in praise of
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Quotations

  • Albert Camus
    Albert%20Camus
    “The most eloquent eulogy of capitalism was made by its greatest enemy. Marx is only anti-capitalist in so far as capitalism is out of date.”
  • St. Augustine
    St.%20Augustine
    “No eulogy is due to him who simply does his duty and nothing more.”
  • Irvin S. Cobb
    Irvin S. Cobb
    “A funeral eulogy is a belated plea for the defense delivered after the evidence is all in.”
  • Ambrose Bierce
    Ambrose%20Bierce
    “Eulogy. Praise of a person who has either the advantages of wealth and power, or the consideration to be dead.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. , from well speaking; e'y^ well + to speak. Cf. Eulogium, and see Legend
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Late L. eulogium—Gr. eulogion (classical eulogia)—eu, well, logia, a speaking.

Usage

In literature:

The eulogy pronounced by Mr. Melvill was a very pathetic one.
"Clarissa Harlowe, Volume 9 (of 9)" by Samuel Richardson
We do not shrink from one syllable of this eulogy.
"The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction" by Various
For this reason, it has been thought better rather to glance briefly at the work of Laplace than to repeat the eulogies of his admirers.
"Library Of The World's Best Literature, Ancient And Modern, Vol. 2" by Charles Dudley Warner
Solomon's eulogy of Mrs. Oo-vai-oo-ak corrected to the latitude of 70 deg.
"The New North" by Agnes Deans Cameron
A portion of the eulogy deserved by his predecessors may be awarded to him unquestionably.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. 15, No. 87, March, 1875" by Various
There is a proper eulogy on Chantrey, particularly for his busts, in which he commonly represented the eye.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, No. CCCXXVIII. February, 1843. Vol. LIII." by Various
For him we speak our eulogies.
"The Abominations of Modern Society" by Rev. T. De Witt Talmage
We had a candidate whose personal character and principles he had already described, whom he could not eulogize if he would.
"McClure's Magazine, Vol. VI., No. 6, May, 1896" by Various
I do not desire to overcharge the eulogy.
"The Drama" by Henry Irving
We can only let our lives be its best eulogy.
"Grappling with the Monster" by T. S. Arthur
It is in the English reports that we read the eulogies of our army for its endurance and tenacity.
"New York Times, Current History, Vol 1, Issue 1" by Various
To most Americans this hero is known only as the subject of Wendell Phillips's stirring eulogy.
"The Journal of Negro History, Vol. I. Jan. 1916" by Various
He wrote wedding odes, elegies on great men, eulogies of the living.
"Chapters on Jewish Literature" by Israel Abrahams
He had published, two years before, an eulogy on Colbert.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
And particularly, how could Cicero bestow such eulogies on Plato?
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
Nor would such unusual eulogies have been given him if his speech had contained nothing extraordinary, nothing but what was common.
"The Training of a Public Speaker" by Grenville Kleiser
And never was a eulogy pronounced upon a body more deserved.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. XII. (of XII.)" by Edmund Burke
We will now prove whether her eulogy was well founded.
"The Argosy" by Various
This is not the place to eulogize such work.
"Modern Eloquence: Vol III, After-Dinner Speeches P-Z" by Various
Eulogy of Cassiodorus on his appointment.
"The Letters of Cassiodorus" by Cassiodorus (AKA Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus Senator)
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In poetry:

Well may we eulogize him!
And rear a monument of fame.
We hold his memory sacred;
We honor and revere his name.
"Crispus Attucks" by Olivia Ward Bush-Banks
Below were longsome tags of rhyme,
But what, you could not now surmise.
Alas! alas! that death and time
Should overgrow love's eulogies.
"Outside The Village Church" by Alfred Austin
Why, these are great at City feasts;
From City riches mainly rise:
'Tis well to hear them, when the beasts
That die for us they eulogize!
"Lines To A Friend Visiting America" by George Meredith
For me no sorrow, nor the hopeless tear;
No chant, no prayer, no tender eulogy:
I may be laughing with the gods--while here
You weep alone. Then make no grave for me
"Make Me No Grave" by Henry Herbert Knibbs
His signal deeds and prowess high
Demand no pompous eulogy.
Ye saw his deeds!
Why should their praise in verse be sung?
The name, that dwells on every tongue,
No minstrel needs.
"Coplas De Manrique (From The Spanish)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Millions have been and passed from view
Benignity who never knew;
No aspiration theirs, nor aim;
Existence soulless as the clay
From whence they sprang, what right have they
To eulogy or fame?
"The Antiquarian" by Hattie Howard

In news:

Rehnquist Eulogies Look Beyond Bench.
Former NBC anchor Tom Brokaw before giving a eulogy for Gerald Ford at Washington National Cathedral.
College's athletic program founder, who died in July, eulogized.
Osama bin Laden's deputy said the slain al Qaeda chief " terrified America" when he was alive and would continue to do so in death, according to a eulogy that appeared on militant websites Wednesday.
John Adams' " Transmigration " succeeds as 9/11 eulogy.
John Adams, left, wrote a eulogy for the victims of the Sept 11 attacks in 2002.
Late Night Eulogizes Rick Perry's Campaign, Gaffes and All .
Shannon Ryan's eulogy to her husband, ATF agent Jeff Ryan.
Shannon Ryan's eulogy from her husband Jeff Ryan's funeral on Sept 24, 2011.
Transcript of eulogies by Rev.
Susan Brown 's departure eulogy.
New York Gov David Paterson eulogized Jill Mattice during a memorial service on Tuesday for the first female New York trooper who died while on duty, several media outlets report.
John Wayne 's 'The Shootist' a fitting eulogy to the Western and one of its stars.
This just in from the Department of Useless Eulogies--As a Canadian, I'd like to say a few words in remembrance of winter's passing: Snowflakes.
Many a celebrity has tried to eulogize Michael Jackson with singing (Mariah Carey), essays (Lisa Marie Presley) or block parties in Brooklyn (Spike Lee).
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