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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
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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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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