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loquacity

[loh-kwas-i-tee]
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noun, plural lo·quac·i·ties.
  1. the state of being loquacious; talkativeness; garrulity.
  2. an instance of talkativeness or garrulity; a loquacious flow of talk: The sherry increased my loquacity.
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Origin of loquacity

1595–1605; < Latin loquācitās talkativeness, equivalent to loquāci-, stem of loquāx talkative (derivative of loquī to speak; cf. eloquent) + -tās -ty2
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Historical Examples

  • And Jukes, silent, marvelled at this display of feeling and loquacity.

    Typhoon

    Joseph Conrad

  • After so many failures you have at length succeeded in repressing your loquacity.

    Vikram and the Vampire

    Richard F. Burton

  • Either that, or she had a basic flaw of loquacity that no one else had discovered.

    The Perfectionists

    Arnold Castle

  • And Jim's silence irritated them far more than Arthur Freet's loquacity.

    Still Jim

    Honor Willsie Morrow

  • They did not reply, having their own ideas as to Captain Candage's loquacity.


Word Origin and History for loquacity

n.

c.1200, from Latin loquacitatem (nominative loquacitas) "talkativeness," from loquax "talkative" (see loquacious). An Old English word for it was ofersprecolnes.

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