eulogy

[yoo-luh-jee]
noun, plural eulogies.
1.
a speech or writing in praise of a person or thing, especially a set oration in honor of a deceased person.
2.
high praise or commendation.

Origin:
1585–95; < Late Latin eulogia eulogia and Medieval Latin eulogium eulogium

elegy, eulogy.
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eulogy (ˈjuːlədʒɪ, juːˈləʊdʒɪəm)
 
n , pl -gies
1.  a formal speech or piece of writing praising a person or thing, esp a person who has recently died
2.  high praise or commendation
 

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eulogy
mid-15c., from Gk. eulogia "praise," from eu- "well" + -logia "speaking," from logos "discourse, word," from legein "speak" (see lecture). Eu legein meant "speak well of."
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eulogy [(yooh-luh-jee)]

Words of praise, often for a dead person, but also a staple in introducing speakers, in nominating candidates, and on other such occasions. (Compare elegy.)

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Example sentences
She confronts her ambivalence toward her father in an aching, courageous eulogy.
No doubt we will share a similiar eulogy a thousand years from now.
And so I needed to create a eulogy, not only to him but to all the unsung
  heroes.
Tara preferred the eloquence of eulogy to the deadline of obituary.
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