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eloquence

[el-uh-kwuh ns] /ˈɛl ə kwəns/
noun
1.
the practice or art of using language with fluency and aptness.
2.
eloquent language or discourse:
a flow of eloquence.
Origin of eloquence
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Anglo-French < Latin ēloquentia. See eloquent, -ence
Related forms
noneloquence, noun
supereloquence, noun
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eloquence

/ˈɛləkwəns/
noun
1.
ease in using language to best effect
2.
powerful and effective language
3.
the quality of being persuasive or moving
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Word Origin and History for eloquence
n.

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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