New Word #8: To Praise Formally

There are many words for praise, but here I am talking about formal praises, often for ceremonial purposes, some in song and poem forms, and some concerning religious services or funeral arrangements.

  • prothalamion: I learned this word from Pooja’s post here. The word means “a song or poem celebrating an upcoming wedding.”
  • paean: a song of praise or triumph.
  • accolade: an expression of praise or admiration.
  • panegyric: a public speech or published text in praise of someone or something.
  • tribute: an act, statement, or gift that is intended to show gratitude, respect, or admiration.
  • homage: special honor or respect shown publicly.
  • epitaph: a phrase or form of words written in memory of a person who has died, especially as an inscription on a tombstone.
  • eulogy: a speech or piece of writing that praises someone or something highly, typically someone who has just died.
  • psalm: a sacred song or hymn, in particular any of those contained in the biblical Book of Psalms and used in Christian and Jewish worship.

There are also sad praises for the dead.

  • dirge: a lament for the dead, especially one forming part of a funeral rite.
  • elegy: a poem of serious reflection, typically a lament for the dead.
  • requiem: a musical composition setting parts of a token of remembrance.

Finally, not all speeches are complimentary and some are very angry.

  • tirade: a long, angry speech of criticism or accusation.
  • diatribe: a forceful and bitter verbal attack against someone or something.
  • harangue: a lengthy and aggressive speech.

Have you been called upon to write a praise for someone or something, in school or in your family?

10 thoughts on “New Word #8: To Praise Formally

  1. These are all very interesting words- thanks for including mine too it was the first time I learnt/used it. I had to make a speech at school about someone and I hated her so it didn’t go well lol. A bit of a tirade actually…

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    1. I can think of several authors right now who I want to wage a tirade on. LOL. Yes, your prothalamion is a wonderful beginning of my post and you give a great example of how to use it.


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