eloquence

noun
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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Synonyms & Antonyms for eloquence

Synonyms

articulacy [chiefly British], articulateness, poetry, rhetoric

Antonyms

inarticulateness

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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.

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There is more to say than time permits, and anyway, when measured against the eloquence of George Bush's character and life, our words are very inadequate. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Read the Full Transcript of Jim Baker's Eulogy for His Close Friend, George H.W. Bush," 6 Dec. 2018 It must be said that for a keenly intelligent statesman of stirring, almost unparalleled, private eloquence, public speaking was not exactly a strong suit. WSJ, "Notable & Quotable: The Real George H.W. Bush," 5 Dec. 2018 Her physical appeal was inseparable from her eloquence. David Thomson, WSJ, "Farewell My Lovely?," 14 Dec. 2018 Containing a single oak with branches outstretched in arboreal eloquence, it is surrounded by walls of dark stained cedar. Julie V. Iovine, WSJ, "A Buoyant Building for Looking and Learning," 12 Nov. 2018 These were high school students, barely beyond childhood, standing up before millions with pride and conviction, speaking with a strength and eloquence forged by trauma that belies there youth. Ron Terranova, latimes.com, "Millennials could effect even more social change than the baby boomers," 23 May 2018 There were scattered fluffs from the first oboe and horn but nothing to detract from a reading that brought Beethovenian power and eloquence to blazing life. John Von Rhein, chicagotribune.com, "Blomstedt brought a too-familiar bit of CSO repertory to life," 2 Mar. 2018 The defining characteristic of Federer these days is not his effortless eloquence, but his efficiency. Sam Farmer, latimes.com, "Roger Federer continues to set opponents straight at Wimbledon, reaches quarterfinals," 9 July 2018 As anyone who tuned into the episode noticed, many young Armenians value the eloquence and sentimentality of traditional toasting but take the old-fashioned, patriarchal stuff with a grain of salt. Benjamin Kemper, Smithsonian, "Raising a Glass to Armenia’s Elaborate Toasting Tradition," 13 July 2018

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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

noun

English Language Learners Definition of eloquence

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

eloquence

noun
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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