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 No other language is like it Nothing comes even close to it in sound, eloquence and just plain common sense — and this from someone who spoke nary a word of it before reaching age 25, save for Coke, OK and drugstore. Richard Lederer, San Diego Union-Tribune, "How difficult is it to learn the English language?," 20 Feb. 2021 Taste, as taste, had never risen to equivalent eloquence. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, "When a Museum Feels Like Home," 8 Feb. 2021 As in all of Wilson’s Cycle, the script is bursting with sublime language: boasting and jiving, tall tales and philosophical debates, angry clashes and painful confessions, all rendered with an uncanny eloquence that is uniquely African American. Jake Lamar, The New Republic, "August Wilson’s Uncompromising Vision for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom," 14 Jan. 2021 The middle of a pandemic is not the time to strain for eloquence as JFK did. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "The Democrats Keep Recycling Tired Rhetoric," 11 Jan. 2021 Garcis exudes eloquence and confidence, which can strike some people as bordering on hubris. Dallas News, "Ryan Garcia’s tour to become ‘the best boxer who ever lived’ arrives in Dallas on Saturday," 2 Jan. 2021 The frustrations of Maud—and her family, of course—are expressed with a sympathetic eloquence by Ms. Jackson and her co-stars, notably Ms. Behan and Nell Williams as Katy, Maud’s plucky, punky granddaughter. John Anderson, WSJ, "‘Elizabeth Is Missing’ Review: Gone but Not Forgotten," 30 Dec. 2020 History would seem to demand a cheerleader type, but at the moment the leading Democratic candidate in a growing field is Scott Stringer, who is running on competence, not eloquence. Chris Smith, Town & Country, "What It Really Takes to Be the Mayor of New York City," 2 Dec. 2020 Jan Morris, the acclaimed British journalist, travel writer and historian who wrote about history’s sweep and the details of place with equal eloquence and chronicled her life as a transgender woman, died on Friday in Wales. Jonathan Kandell, New York Times, "Jan Morris, Celebrated Writer of Place and History, Is Dead at 94," 20 Nov. 2020

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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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26 Feb 2021

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“Eloquence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eloquence. Accessed 4 Mar. 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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