[ el-uh-kwuhnt ]
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  1. having or exercising the power of fluent, forceful, and appropriate speech: an eloquent orator.

  2. characterized by forceful and appropriate expression: an eloquent speech.

  1. movingly expressive: looks eloquent of disgust.

Origin of eloquent

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin ēloquent-, stem of ēloquēns “speaking out,” present participle of ēloquī “to speak out,” from ē-e-1 + loquī “to speak”

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Eloquent, fluent, articulate, expressive are adjectives that characterize speech or speakers notable for their effectiveness. Eloquent suggests clarity and power: an eloquent plea for disarmament. Fluent, with a root sense of flowing, refers to easy, smooth, facile speech: fluent in three languages. Articulate characterizes a clear and effective speaker or speech: an articulate spokesman for tax reform. Expressive focuses on rendering intelligible or meaningful the ideas or feelings of a speaker or writer and implies an especially effective, vivid use of language: a deeply moving, powerfully expressive evocation of a city childhood. See also fluent.

Other words from eloquent

  • el·o·quent·ly, adverb
  • el·o·quent·ness, noun
  • non·el·o·quent, adjective
  • non·el·o·quent·ly, adverb
  • qua·si-el·o·quent, adjective
  • qua·si-el·o·quent·ly, adverb
  • su·per·el·o·quent, adjective
  • su·per·el·o·quent·ly, adverb
  • un·el·o·quent, adjective
  • un·el·o·quent·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for eloquent


/ (ˈɛləkwənt) /

  1. (of speech, writing, etc) characterized by fluency and persuasiveness

  2. visibly or vividly expressive, as of an emotion: an eloquent yawn

Origin of eloquent

C14: from Latin ēloquēns, from ēloquī to speak out, from loquī to speak

Derived forms of eloquent

  • eloquently, adverb

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