eulogize (v.) Look up eulogize at Dictionary.com
1810, from eulogy + -ize. Related: Eulogized; eulogizing.
eulogy (n.) Look up eulogy at Dictionary.com
mid-15c., from Latin eulogium, from Greek eulogia "praise; good or fine language," from eu "well" (see eu-) + -logia "speaking" (see -logy). Eu legein meant "speak well of."
Eumenides Look up Eumenides at Dictionary.com
Greek, literally "the well-minded ones," a euphemism of the Erinys.
Eunice Look up Eunice at Dictionary.com
fem. proper name, from Latin, from Greek Eunike, literally "victorious," from eu "well" (see eu-) + nike "victory" (see Nike).
eunuch (n.) Look up eunuch at Dictionary.com
late 14c., from Middle French eunuque and directly from Latin eunuchus, from Greek eunoukhos "castrated man," originally "guard of the bedchamber or harem," from euno-, comb. form of eune "bed," of unknown origin, + -okhos, from stem of ekhein "to have, hold" (see scheme (n.)).

The Greek and Latin forms of the word were used to translate Hebrew saris, which sometimes meant merely "palace official," in Septuagint and Vulgate, probably without an intended comment on the qualities of bureaucrats.
Eunuches is he þat is i-gilded, and suche were somtyme i-made wardeynes of ladyes in Egipt. [John of Trevisa, translation of Higdon's Polychronicon, 1387]
euphemism (n.) Look up euphemism at Dictionary.com
1650s, from Greek euphemismos "use of a favorable word in place of an inauspicious one," from euphemizein "speak with fair words, use words of good omen," from eu- "good" (see eu-) + pheme "speaking," from phanai "speak" (see fame (n.)).

In ancient Greece, the superstitious avoidance of words of ill-omen during religious ceremonies, or substitutions such as Eumenides "the Gracious Ones" for the Furies (see also Euxine). In English, a rhetorical term at first; broader sense of "choosing a less distasteful word or phrase than the one meant" is first attested 1793. Related: Euphemistic; euphemistically.
euphony (n.) Look up euphony at Dictionary.com
mid-15c., from Middle French euphonie, from Late Latin euphonia, from Greek euphonia "sweetness of voice," from euphonos "well-sounding," from eu- "good" (see eu-) + phone "sound, voice," related to phanai "speak" (see fame (n.)).

Hence, euphonium (1865), the musical instrument. Related: Euphonic; euphonious.
euphoria (n.) Look up euphoria at Dictionary.com
1727, a physician's term for "condition of feeling healthy and comfortable (especially when sick)," medical Latin, from Greek euphoria "power of enduring easily," from euphoros, literally "bearing well," from eu "well" (see eu-) + pherein "to carry" (see infer). Non-technical use, now the main one, dates to 1882 and is perhaps a reintroduction.
euphoric (adj.) Look up euphoric at Dictionary.com
1888, with reference to hashish, from euphoria + -ic. The noun meaning "a drug which causes euphoria" is from 1934.
Euphrates Look up Euphrates at Dictionary.com
Old English Eufrate, from Greek Euphrates, from Old Persian Ufratu, perhaps from Avestan huperethuua "good to cross over," from hu- "good" + peretu- "ford." But Kent says "probably a popular etymologizing in O.P. of a local non-Iranian name" ["Old Persian," p.176]. In Akkadian, purattu.
Euphrosyne Look up Euphrosyne at Dictionary.com
name of one of the three Graces in Greek mythology, from Latin, from Greek Euphrosyne, literally "mirth, merriment," from euphron "cheerful, merry, of a good mind," from eu "well" (see eu-) + phren (genitive phrenos) "mind," of unknown origin.
Eurafrican Look up Eurafrican at Dictionary.com
coined 1890 by anthropologist D.G. Brinton to designate a "race" of dark-skinned people inhabiting both sides of the Mediterranean; it was used 1920s to describe the "colored" population of South Africa, and 1960s with reference to political situations involving both continents; see Euro- + Africa.
Eurasia (n.) Look up Eurasia at Dictionary.com
from Euro- + Asia. First record seems to be in H. Reusche's "Handbuch der Geographie" (1858), but see Eurasian.
Eurasian (n.) Look up Eurasian at Dictionary.com
1844, from Euro- + Asian. Originally of children of British-East Indian marriages; sense of "of Europe and Asia considered as one continent" is from 1868.
eureka Look up eureka at Dictionary.com
c.1600, from Greek heureka "I have found (it)," first person singular perfect active indicative of heuriskein "to find" (see heuristic). Supposedly shouted by Archimedes (c.287-212 B.C.E.) when he solved a problem that had been set to him: determining whether goldsmiths had adulterated the metal in the crown of Hiero II, king of Syracuse.
Euro (n.) Look up Euro at Dictionary.com
name for the basic monetary unit of a pan-European currency, from 1996.
Euro- Look up Euro- at Dictionary.com
before vowels Eur-, word forming element meaning "Europe, European," from comb. form of Europe.
Eurocentric (adj.) Look up Eurocentric at Dictionary.com
1963, from Euro- + -centric.
Europe Look up Europe at Dictionary.com
from Latin Europa "Europe," from Greek Europe, of uncertain origin; as a geographic name, first the Homeric hymn to Apollo (522 B.C.E. or earlier):
"Telphusa, here I am minded to make a glorious temple, an oracle for men, and hither they will always bring perfect hecatombs, both those who live in rich Peloponnesus and those of Europe and all the wave-washed isles, coming to seek oracles."
Often explained as "broad face," from eurys "wide" (see aneurysm) + ops "face." But also traditionally linked with Europa, Phoenician princess in Greek mythology. Klein (citing Heinrich Lewy) suggests a possible Semitic origin in Akkad. erebu "to go down, set" (in reference to the sun) which would parallel orient. Another suggestion along those lines is Phoenician 'ereb "evening," hence "west."
European Look up European at Dictionary.com
c.1600, from French Européen, from Latin Europaeus, from Greek Europaios "European," from Europe (see Europe).
europium (n.) Look up europium at Dictionary.com
rare earth element, 1901, named by its discoverer, French chemist Eugène Demarçay (1852-1903) in 1896, from Europe + -ium.
Eurydice Look up Eurydice at Dictionary.com
wife of Orpheus in Greek mythology, from Latin, from Greek Eurydike, literally "wide justice," from eurys "wide" (see aneurysm) + dike "right, custom, usage, law; justice" (cognate with Latin dicere "to show, tell;" see diction).
eurypterid (n.) Look up eurypterid at Dictionary.com
fossil swimming crustacean of the Silurian and Devonian, 1874, from Greek eurys "broad, wide" (see aneurysm) + pteron "feather, wing" (see pterodactyl); so called from their swimming appendages.
eurythmic (adj.) Look up eurythmic at Dictionary.com
also eurhythmic, "harmonious," 1831, from Greek eurythmia "rhythmical order," from eurythmos "rhythmical," from eu "well" (see eu-) + rhythmos "rhythm" (see rhythm). Related: Eurythmics (1912); eurythmy.
Eustace Look up Eustace at Dictionary.com
masc. proper name, from Old French Eustace (Modern French Eustache), from Latin Eustachius, probably from Greek eustakhos "fruitful," from eu "well" (see eu-) + stakhys "ear (of grain);" see spike (n.1).
Eustachian tube (n.) Look up Eustachian tube at Dictionary.com
so called for Italian physician Bartolomeo Eustachio (d.1574), who discovered the passages from the ears to the throat. His name is from Latin Eustachius (see Eustace).
Euterpe Look up Euterpe at Dictionary.com
muse of music, from Greek Euterpe, literally "pleasing," from eu "well" (see eu-) + terpein "to delight, please" (see Terpsichore).
euthanasia (n.) Look up euthanasia at Dictionary.com
c.1600, from Greek euthanasia "an easy or happy death," from eu- "good" (see eu-) + thanatos "death" (see thanatology). Sense of "legally sanctioned mercy killing" is first recorded in English 1869.
euthanise (v.) Look up euthanise at Dictionary.com
chiefly British English spelling of euthanize; for suffix, see -ize. Related: Euthanised; euthanising.
euthanize (v.) Look up euthanize at Dictionary.com
by 1915, in place of earlier and etymologically correct euthanatize (1873); see euthanasia + -ize. Related: Euthanized; euthanizing.
Euxine Look up Euxine at Dictionary.com
archaic name for the Black Sea, from Latin Pontus Euxinus, from Greek Pontos Euxenios, literally "the hospitable sea," a euphemism for Pontos Axeinos, "the inhospitable sea."

According to Room, The Old Persian name for the sea was akhshaena, literally "dark," probably in reference to the sudden, dangerous storms that make the sea perilous to sailors and darken its face, and the Greeks took this untranslated as Pontos Axeinos, which was interpeted as the similar-sounding Greek word axenos "inhospitable." Thus the modern English name could reflect the Old Persian one.
evacuate (v.) Look up evacuate at Dictionary.com
1520s, from Latin evacuatus, past participle of evacuare "to empty, make void, nullify," used by Pliny in reference to the bowels, used figuratively in Late Latin for "clear out," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + vacuus "empty" (see vacuum).

Earliest sense in English is medical. Meaning "remove inhabitants to safer ground" is from 1934. Replaced Middle English evacuen (c.1400). Related: Evacuated; evacuating.
evacuation (n.) Look up evacuation at Dictionary.com
c.1400, "discharge from the body" (originally mostly of blood), from Old French évacuation and directly from Late Latin evacuationem (nominative evacuatio), noun of action from past participle stem of evacuare (see evacuate).
evacuee (n.) Look up evacuee at Dictionary.com
1934, from French évacué, from évacuer; see evacuate + -ee.
evade (v.) Look up evade at Dictionary.com
1510s, "escape," from Middle French evader, from Latin evadere "to escape, get away," from ex- "away" (see ex-) + vadere "to go, walk" (see vamoose). Related: Evaded; evading. Special sense of "escape by trickery" is from 1530s.
evagation (n.) Look up evagation at Dictionary.com
"action of wandering," 1650s, from French évagation, from Latin evagationem (nominative evagatio), from past participle stem of evagari, from ex- (see ex-) + vagari, from vagus "roving, wandering" (see vague).
evaginate (v.) Look up evaginate at Dictionary.com
"to turn (a tube) inside out," 1650s, from Latin evaginatus, past participle of evaginare "to unsheathe," from ex- (see ex-) + vagina (see vagina). Related: Evaginated; evaginating.
evaluate (v.) Look up evaluate at Dictionary.com
1842, from French évaluer or else a back-formation from evaluation. Originally in mathematics. Related: Evaluated; evaluating.
evaluation (n.) Look up evaluation at Dictionary.com
1755, from French évaluation, from évaluer "to find the value of," from é- "out" (see ex-) + valuer (see value).
evaluative (adj.) Look up evaluative at Dictionary.com
1927, from evaluate + -ive.
Evan Look up Evan at Dictionary.com
masc. proper name, Welsh form of John, form influenced perhaps by Welsh ieuanc "young man" (cognate of Latin juvenis), from Celtic *yowanko-, from PIE *yeu- "vital force, youthful vigor" (see young).
evanesce (v.) Look up evanesce at Dictionary.com
1822, a back-formation from evanescence, or else from Latin evanescere "to pass away, vanish" (see evanescent).
evanescence (n.) Look up evanescence at Dictionary.com
1751; see evanescent + -ence. Evanescency is attested from 1660s.
evanescent (adj.) Look up evanescent at Dictionary.com
1717, from French évanescent, from Latin evanescentem (nominative evanescens), present participle of evanescere "disappear, vanish," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + vanescere "vanish" (see vanish).
evangel (n.) Look up evangel at Dictionary.com
mid-14c., "gospel," from Old French evangile, from Church Latin evangelium, from Greek evangelion (see evangelism).
evangelical Look up evangelical at Dictionary.com
1530s (adj. and noun), from evangelic (early 15c., from Old French evangelique, from Late Latin evangelicus; see evangelist) + -al (1). In reference to a tendency or school in Protestantism, from mid-18c. Related: Evangelicalism (1831).
Evangeline Look up Evangeline at Dictionary.com
fem. proper name, from French Évangeline, ultimately from Greek evangelion "good news" (see evangelism).
evangelism (n.) Look up evangelism at Dictionary.com
1620s, from evangel + -ism, or else from Medieval Latin evangelismus "a spreading of the Gospel," from Late Latin evangelium "good news, gospel," from Greek euangelion (see evangelist). In reference to evangelical Protestantism, from 1812.
evangelist (n.) Look up evangelist at Dictionary.com
late 12c., "Matthew, Mark, Luke or John," from Old French evangelist and directly from Late Latin evangelista, from Greek euangelistes "preacher of the gospel," literally "bringer of good news," from euangelizesthai "bring good news," from eu- "good" (see eu-) + angellein "announce," from angelos "messenger" (see angel).

In early Greek Christian texts, the word was used of the four supposed authors of the narrative gospels. Meaning "itinerant preacher" was another early Church usage, revived in Middle English (late 14c.). Classical Greek euangelion meant "the reward of good tidings;" sense transferred in Christian use to the glad tidings themselves. In Late Latin, Greek eu- regularly was consonantized to ev- before vowels.
evangelistic (adj.) Look up evangelistic at Dictionary.com
1845, from evangelist + -ic.