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Etymology (Meaning of Words)/Meaning of Word "Eulogy"


Hi Carol,

I am writing a piece on the eulogy.
Some say it means "to speak good of".
Others say it means "to praise".
A pastor friend of mine said it really means "to speak well of".

Which of these do you think is the most correct?
Also, what does the (Latin? Greek?) word root "eu" really mean?

Thanks for any help.



Hello, I hope you're having a fine week.
Originally a eulogy was a formal oration in praise of someone.
In more recent usage, it has come to mean 'a speech or piece
of writing that praises someone highly, typically someone who
has just died.'
The verb 'eulogize' means to deliver such a speech.
The best to you always.

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