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 The good: Readers willing to hack their way through thickets of jargon will be rewarded with Ms. Whelan’s eloquence about the pictures. Maxwell Carter, WSJ, 27 May 2022 The skies have a breathtaking eloquence too, with fire, fog and candlelight effectively conjured as well. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 July 2022 Imagine an anti-Trump person speaking with eloquence and reason, in good faith, with good nature. Peggy Noonan, WSJ, 12 May 2022 The wording was practically made for Twitter, and the first indication that a special kind of eloquence would become a weapon in this conflict. Susan J. Wolfson, The Atlantic, 18 June 2022 No one would ever accuse Post Malone of eloquence, but here the music is also toneless and imprecise. Sheldon Pearce, The New Yorker, 9 June 2022 James Salter, perhaps one of the greatest stylists of the 20th century, writes with immense eloquence about France. Edward Chisholm, WSJ, 20 May 2022 Mélenchon has an undeniable oratorical gift, even if his eloquence often reads like the antiquated anti-capitalist sermon of a nineteenth-century Marxist magically transplanted to the twenty-first century. Arthur Goldhammer, The New Republic, 11 Apr. 2022 While a few others competed with him in their mastery of the politics and history of the Arab world, none could match him for eloquence and for the melodic loveliness of his prose. Tunku Varadarajan, WSJ, 13 May 2022 See More

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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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“Eloquence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eloquence. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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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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