eloquent


el·o·quent

adjective \ˈe-lə-kwənt\

: having or showing the ability to use language clearly and effectively

: clearly showing feeling or meaning

Full Definition of ELOQUENT

1
:  marked by forceful and fluent expression <an eloquent preacher>
2
:  vividly or movingly expressive or revealing <an eloquent monument>
el·o·quent·ly adverb

Examples of ELOQUENT

  1. His success serves as an eloquent reminder of the value of hard work.
  2. <an eloquent writer and speaker, Elizabeth Cady Stanton was one of the founders of the women's rights movement>
  3. He [H. L. Mencken] relished the vagaries of vernacular speech and paid eloquent homage to them in The American Language. —Jackson Lears, New Republic, 27 Jan. 2003

Origin of ELOQUENT

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin eloquent-, eloquens, from present participle of eloqui to speak out, from e- + loqui to speak
First Known Use: 14th century

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