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[el-uh-kwuh ns] /ˈɛl ə kwəns/
the practice or art of using language with fluency and aptness.
eloquent language or discourse:
a flow of eloquence.
Origin of eloquence
1350-1400; Middle English < Anglo-French < Latin ēloquentia. See eloquent, -ence
Related forms
noneloquence, noun
supereloquence, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for eloquence
  • We were struck by the eloquence of your words in describing your situation.
  • His words are remembered for their eloquence and honesty and his actions reflect the strength of his convictions.
  • It seems your eloquence and brilliance know no bounds.
  • In public, he often lacks the necessary eloquence.
  • He was able to, with his eloquence, inspire a great number of Americans.
  • There is beauty and eloquence in the spoken word.
  • While you write with some eloquence, your words bare little content.
  • His eloquence was real because his words gave definition and meaning to the major issues of our time.
  • Upon the silent eloquence of night.
  • In politics, all too often, eloquence trumps accuracy.
British Dictionary definitions for eloquence


ease in using language to best effect
powerful and effective language
the quality of being persuasive or moving
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Word Origin and History for eloquence

late 14c., from Old French eloquence (12c.), from Latin eloquentia, from eloquentem (nominative eloquens) "eloquent," present participle of eloqui "speak out," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + loqui "to speak" (see locution). Earlier in same sense was eloquency (mid-14c.).

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