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loquacity

[loh-kwas-i-tee] /loʊˈkwæs ɪ ti/
noun, plural loquacities.
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.
Origin of loquacity
1595-1605
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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Examples from the Web for loquacity
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  • 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.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • Once there, the spirits resumed their loquacity, and dubbed me 'Poet of Science.'

  • But I expected to obtain information from the fountain-head, and checked his loquacity.

  • One of them was an old servant, possessed of a strong passion for loquacity.

    Bits of Blarney R. Shelton Mackenzie
  • Brougham's loquacity was intolerable, and his conceit immense.

  • After this bit of loquacity Petersen smiled blissfully—and said no more.

    The Walking Delegate Leroy Scott
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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