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[loh-kwas-i-tee] /loʊˈkwæs ɪ ti/
noun, plural loquacities.
the state of being loquacious; talkativeness; garrulity.
an instance of talkativeness or garrulity; a loquacious flow of talk:
The sherry increased my loquacity.
Origin of loquacity
1595-1605; < Latin loquācitās talkativeness, equivalent to loquāci-, stem of loquāx talkative (derivative of loquī to speak; cf. eloquent) + -tās -ty2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • One learns taciturnity best among those people 45 who have none, and loquacity among the taciturn.

  • They did not reply, having their own ideas as to Captain Candage's loquacity.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • Their silence would have been awkward but for the loquacity of Jane, who talked enough for all three.

    An Unsocial Socialist George Bernard Shaw
  • After so many failures you have at length succeeded in repressing your loquacity.

    Vikram and the Vampire Richard F. Burton
  • The old physician was given to loquacity, and not a little elated by being called to see so distinguished a patient.

    The Old Pike Thomas B. Searight
  • Brougham's loquacity was intolerable, and his conceit immense.

  • An extremely communicative man: a man with whom loquacity was the irrestrainable outpouring of contentment and gratitude.

    No Thoroughfare Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins
  • After this bit of loquacity Petersen smiled blissfully—and said no more.

    The Walking Delegate Leroy Scott
  • He cut short her loquacity by inserting one of the keys in the lock—it did not turn, but he had more success with the second.

  • In speaking he is deliberate and grave, and little given to loquacity.

Word Origin and History for loquacity

c.1200, from Latin loquacitatem (nominative loquacitas) "talkativeness," from loquax "talkative" (see loquacious). An Old English word for it was ofersprecolnes.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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