el·​o·​quence | \ ˈe-lə-kwən(t)s How to pronounce eloquence (audio) \

Definition of eloquence

1 : discourse marked by force and persuasiveness also : the art or power of using such discourse
2 : the quality of forceful or persuasive expressiveness

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Examples of eloquence in a Sentence

The senator's eloquence is well known. She spoke with eloquence on the need for better schools.
Recent Examples on the Web America's greatest historian, W. E. B. Du Bois, a genius of unsurpassed eloquence and insight, wrote of the failure of America's first reconstruction in his monumental 1935 treatise, Black Reconstruction. Jeffrey D. Sachs, CNN, 25 May 2021 Ma’s portraits celebrate the grotesqueness of her fungal subjects, and insist on their aesthetic eloquence. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, 4 May 2021 McKay gained renown for his ability to talk off the cuff with eloquence for extended lengths — something required often because of frequent technical difficulties on early broadcasts. BostonGlobe.com, 24 Apr. 2021 His eloquence and rare status as a Palestinian at the center of U.S. letters made him into an icon. Udi Greenberg, The New Republic, 13 Apr. 2021 The eloquence of Aguirre’s handling of thick mounds and scrapings of paint elevates the works above horror and disgust. Steven Litt, cleveland, 18 Apr. 2021 Clubhouse has created a platform for a whole new breed of influencers and thought leaders by offering people an opportunity to share their personalities, thoughts and eloquence. Josh Richards, Rolling Stone, 9 Apr. 2021 The eloquence of Marsalis’s silence is almost unbearable. BostonGlobe.com, 1 Apr. 2021 With the campaign and other initiatives, Valentino is seeking to equate its designs with eloquence and poetic rigor. New York Times, 9 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of eloquence

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for eloquence

Middle English, borrowed from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French, borrowed from Latin ēloquentia, noun derivative of ēloquent-, ēloquens "capable of speech, expressing oneself fluently, eloquent"

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The first known use of eloquence was in the 14th century

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“Eloquence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eloquence. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of eloquence

: the ability to speak or write well and in an effective way


el·​o·​quence | \ ˈe-lə-kwəns How to pronounce eloquence (audio) \

Kids Definition of eloquence

1 : speaking or writing that is forceful and convincing
2 : the ability to speak or write with force and in a convincing way


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