eulogy vs panegyric what difference

what is difference between eulogy and panegyric



Ancient Greek εὐλογία (eulogía, praise).

eu- +‎ logia


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈjuːlədʒi/
  • (US) enPR: yo͞oʹlə-jē, IPA(key): /ˈjulədʒi/


eulogy (plural eulogies)

  1. An oration to honor a deceased person, usually at a funeral.
  2. Speaking highly of someone or something; the act of praising or commending someone or something.
    • 1859, Wilkie Collins, The Woman in White:
      It was the prettiest and most luxurious little sitting-room I had ever seen; and I admired it with the warmest enthusiasm. The solemn servant was far too highly trained to betray the slightest satisfaction. He bowed with icy deference when my terms of eulogy were all exhausted, and silently opened the door for me to go out into the passage again.
    • 2013, Daniel Taylor, Rickie Lambert’s debut goal gives England victory over Scotland (in The Guardian, 14 August 2013)[1]
      The Southampton striker, who also struck a post late on, was being serenaded by the Wembley crowd before the end and should probably brace himself for some Lambert-mania over the coming days but, amid the eulogies, it should not overlook the deficiencies that were evident in another stodgy England performance.


  • panegyric
  • elogy


  • criticism
  • dyslogy

Coordinate terms

  • dirge, elegy, threnody – funeral song
  • homily – funeral oration by clergy
  • requiem – music played at a mass to honor a deceased person

Derived terms

  • eulogise, eulogize
  • eulogist
  • eulogistic


See also

  • elegy – similar-sounding funeral word


Alternative forms

  • panegyrick (obsolete)
  • panegyry (obsolete)


From French panégyrique, from Ancient Greek πανηγυρικός (panēgurikós), from πᾰν- (pan-) “all” + agyris “place of assembly”, Aeolic form of ἀγορά (agorá)


  • IPA(key): /ˌpænəˈd͡ʒɪɹɪk/, /ˌpænəˈd͡ʒaɪɹɪk/


panegyric (countable and uncountable, plural panegyrics)

  1. A formal speech or opus publicly praising someone or something.
    Synonym: eulogy
    • 1929, Robert Dean Frisbee, The Book of Puka-Puka (republished by Eland, 2019; p. 197):
      He then spoke in the usual boastful manner of his progenitors, added a flaming panegyric upon himself, and strolled down the road to repeat his speech at the next house.
  2. Someone who writes or delivers such a speech.

Derived terms

  • panegyrical
  • panegyrically



panegyric (comparative more panegyric, superlative most panegyric)

  1. panegyrical

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