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A eulogy is a speech that formally praises someone or something. Often it's given at a funeral to praise the person who just died.

So, to eulogize people is to speak or write words of praise for them, usually right after they've died.

And to eulogize things is to speak or write words of praise for them when they're not around anymore because they're no longer popular, available, or acceptable.

Pronunciation:
YOU luh jize

Part of speech:
Verb, the transitive kind.
(Like "eat," "try," and "want," all transitive verbs do something to an object.
You eat a banana, try a game, and want a new phone.
Likewise, you eulogize something or someone.)

Other forms worth knowing:
eulogized, eulogizing, eulogizer(s) or eulogist(s);
eulogy and eulogies--or eulogisms;
eulogistic, eulogistically

How to use it:
When we use the word "eulogize" in its more common sense, talking about praising people at their funerals, it's formal and serious.

But here we're focused on more abstract usage, which is often funny, sarcastic, and exaggerated.

That is, talk about people (such as authors, pundits, politicians, tweeters, bloggers, journalists, advice columnists, and writers of editorials) who eulogize things (such as fads, trends, beliefs, traditions, technologies, time periods, words and labels, and shenanigans you could get away with). (And you can say that some publication or other creation is doing the eulogizing.)

You can eulogize something as superior, eulogize something as a pillar of polite society, eulogize something as a major influence on our national character, etc.

examples:
Sarah Miller recalls her work as a movie reviewer, hating most of the films, delighting in tearing them down, before realizing she'd be fired if she didn't thoroughly eulogize The English Patient, a film she found deeply dull, "racist," and "pseudo-intellectual."


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