eloquent

adjective
el·​o·​quent | \ ˈe-lə-kwənt How to pronounce eloquent (audio) \

Definition of eloquent

1 : marked by forceful and fluent expression an eloquent preacher
2 : vividly or movingly expressive or revealing an eloquent monument

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eloquently adverb

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Since "eloquent" can have to do with speaking, it makes sense that it comes from the Latin verb loqui, which means "to speak." "Loqui" is the parent of many "talkative" offspring in English. "Loquacious," which means "given to fluent or excessive talk," also arose from "loqui." Another "loqui" relative is "circumlocution," a word that means someone is talking around a subject to avoid making a direct statement (circum- means "around"). And a "ventriloquist" is someone who makes his or her voice sound like it’s coming from another source.

Examples of eloquent in a Sentence

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 Samuel Johnson is palmed off in classrooms as a harmless drudge of a lexicographer, yet open the Dictionary anywhere and find precision and eloquent plainness. — Guy Davenport, The Geography of the Imagination, (1954) 1981 There was a burst of applause, and a deep silence which was even more eloquent than the applause. — Thomas Hardy, The Mayor of Casterbridge, 1886 His success serves as an eloquent reminder of the value of hard work. an eloquent writer and speaker, Elizabeth Cady Stanton was one of the founders of the women's rights movement
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Big Technicolor gestures registered with a punch, the strings conjured up a warm, suave texture, and there were piercingly eloquent solo turns by (among others) oboist Eugene Izotov and trumpeter Mark Inouye. Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle, "S.F. Symphony follows Strauss over a mountain," 13 Apr. 2018 The sense of place this creates around the works is as eloquent as the artworks themselves in convincing us to encounter the island’s culture on its own terms. Lee Lawrence, WSJ, "‘The Jeweled Isle: Art From Sri Lanka’ Review: Reclaiming a Country’s Creative History," 1 Jan. 2019 The cast includes Aunjanue Ellis and Michael Beach as, respectively, Fonny’s mother and father; Regina King is quietly—and then not at all quietly—eloquent as Sharon, Tish’s mother, who plays a leading role in the effort to prove Fonny’s innocence. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Review: Love Hoping for Justice," 13 Dec. 2018 Musical modernism had no more eloquent or influential avatar than Boulez. John Von Rhein, chicagotribune.com, "Honoring Pierre Boulez, the titan of modernism who opened the ears of Chicagoans to the music of our time," 15 May 2018 And yet the piece hung together perfectly, united not only in spirit but also by the soprano's luminous voice and eloquent phrasing. Zachary Lewis, cleveland.com, "Apollo's Fire emerges victorious from 'Three Duels and a Wedding' (review)," 12 Feb. 2018 Graham was eloquent and effortless, even in her strapless corset mermaid gown, which was designed and finished for her in less than three weeks. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Inside Oscars Night With Supermodel Ashley Graham," 25 Feb. 2019 Sometimes loud, sometimes quiet, these eloquent artworks speak poignantly of our shared – and often precarious voyage through landscapes, history and life. George Fishman, miamiherald, "Monarchs ‘Brown and Native’ butterfly exhibit a response to contemporary events," 13 July 2018 Perhaps the most famous and certainly the most eloquent of the individuals who escaped slavery was the great Frederick Douglass. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: Speaking Plainly About Slavery," 18 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of eloquent

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for eloquent

Middle English, borrowed from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French, borrowed from Latin ēloquent-, ēloquens "capable of speech, expressing oneself fluently," from present participle of ēloquī "to utter, put into words," from ē- e- entry 1 + loquī "to talk, speak," probably going back to dialectal Indo-European *tlokw- "talk," whence also Old Irish ad-tluichethar "(s/he) gives thanks" (originally with buide "thanks" as object, as in atluchedar buidi do Día "he thanks God"), do-tluichethar "(s/he) desires, beseeches, asks," Old Church Slavic tlŭk "interpreter" (from *tl̥kw-o-)

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eloquent

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of eloquent

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

eloquent

adjective
el·​o·​quent | \ ˈe-lə-kwənt How to pronounce eloquent (audio) \

Kids Definition of eloquent

1 : having or showing clear and forceful expression an eloquent speaker an eloquent plan
2 : clearly showing some feeling or meaning an eloquent look

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