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A eulogy is a speech or writing in praise of a person(s) or thing(s), especially one who recently died or retired or as a term of endearment.


  • EULOGY, n. Praise of a person who has either the advantages of wealth and power, or the consideration to be dead.
    • Ambrose Bierce, The Cynic's Dictionary (1906); republished as The Devil's Dictionary (1911).
  • How is one to explain the contradiction illustrated by that orator? Is it because Abraham had a prescriptive right to be a great man, so that what he did is great, and when another does the same it is sin, a heinous sin? In that case I do not wish to participate in such thoughtless eulogy. If faith does not make it a holy act to be willing to murder one's son then let the same condemnation be pronounced upon Abraham as upon every other man.
  • La satire ment sur les gens de lettres pendant leur vie, et l'éloge ment après leur mort.
    • Satire lies about literary men while they live and eulogy lies about them when they die.
    • Voltaire, Lettre à Bordes (10 January 1769).
  • The eulogies of my intelligence are positively intended to evade the question “Is what she says true?”

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