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eloquent

[el-uh-kwuh nt] /ˈɛl ə kwənt/
adjective
1.
having or exercising the power of fluent, forceful, and appropriate speech:
an eloquent orator.
2.
characterized by forceful and appropriate expression:
an eloquent speech.
3.
movingly expressive:
looks eloquent of disgust.
Origin of eloquent
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Latin ēloquent- (stem of ēloquēns, present participle of ēloquī) speaking out, eloquent, equivalent to ē- e-1 + loqu- speak + -ent- -ent
Related forms
eloquently, adverb
eloquentness, noun
noneloquent, adjective
noneloquently, adverb
quasi-eloquent, adjective
quasi-eloquently, adverb
supereloquent, adjective
supereloquently, adverb
uneloquent, adjective
uneloquently, adverb
Can be confused
elegant, eloquent.
Synonym Study
Eloquent, fluent, articulate, expressive are adjectives that characterize speech or speakers notable for their effectiveness. Eloquent suggests clarity and power: an eloquent plea for disarmament. Fluent, with a root sense of flowing, refers to easy, smooth, facile speech: fluent in three languages. Articulate characterizes a clear and effective speaker or speech: an articulate spokesman for tax reform. Expressive focuses on rendering intelligible or meaningful the ideas or feelings of a speaker or writer and implies an especially effective, vivid use of language: a deeply moving, powerfully expressive evocation of a city childhood. See also fluent.
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  • And then mayhap you'll tell me if your Pitt was ever half so eloquent.

    The Bronze Eagle Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy
  • His speech was not eloquent, nor did it flatter the Leopard Woman, but it was to the point.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • You'll see that I was in these lettered lines, --eloquent all the more, the less sincere!

    Cyrano de Bergerac Edmond Rostand
  • For this reason, also, foxes are crafty and eloquent even at the present day.

    Aino Folk-Tales Basil Hall Chamberlain
  • I cannot be strong, logical, or eloquent in my own native and living language, much less in a foreign and a dead one!

    Ishmael Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
British Dictionary definitions for eloquent

eloquent

/ˈɛləkwənt/
adjective
1.
(of speech, writing, etc) characterized by fluency and persuasiveness
2.
visibly or vividly expressive, as of an emotion: an eloquent yawn
Derived Forms
eloquently, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Latin ēloquēns, from ēloquī to speak out, from loquī to speak
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Word Origin and History for eloquent
adj.

late 14c., from Old French eloquent, from Latin eloquentem (nominative eloquens), present participle of eloqui "to speak out" (see eloquence). Related: Eloquently.

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