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[el-uh-kwuh nt] /ˈɛl ə kwənt/
having or exercising the power of fluent, forceful, and appropriate speech:
an eloquent orator.
characterized by forceful and appropriate expression:
an eloquent speech.
movingly expressive:
looks eloquent of disgust.
Origin of eloquent
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. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Their contempt for their masters is almost beyond the German language to express, eloquently as they use it.

    Home Life in Germany Mrs. Alfred Sidgwick
  • Quickly, but eloquently, Blood expressed his thanks, where he knew that no thanks were due.

    Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini
  • If the curate could discourse half so eloquently he would have been a bishop long before this.

    The Gentle Reader Samuel McChord Crothers
  • She dwelt earnestly and, indeed, eloquently on the beauty of the scenery.

    Davenport Dunn, Volume 1 (of 2) Charles James Lever
  • Mrs. Schofield came running, and eloquently put an end to Duke's winter bath.

    Penrod and Sam Booth Tarkington
British Dictionary definitions for eloquently


(of speech, writing, etc) characterized by fluency and persuasiveness
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 eloquently



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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