eloquent

[ el-uh-kwuh nt ]
/ ˈɛl ə kwənt /

adjective

having or exercising the power of fluent, forceful, and appropriate speech: an eloquent orator.
characterized by forceful and appropriate expression: an eloquent speech.
movingly expressive: looks eloquent of disgust.

Nearby words

  1. elongated,
  2. elongation,
  3. elope,
  4. elopement,
  5. eloquence,
  6. elpenor,
  7. elroy,
  8. els,
  9. elsa,
  10. elsan

Origin of eloquent

1350–1400; Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Latin ēloquent- (stem of ēloquēns, present participle of ēloquī) speaking out, eloquent, equivalent to ē- e-1 + loqu- speak + -ent- -ent

Related forms
Can be confusedelegant eloquent

Synonym study

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.

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British Dictionary definitions for eloquent

eloquent

/ (ˈɛləkwənt) /

adjective

(of speech, writing, etc) characterized by fluency and persuasiveness
visibly or vividly expressive, as of an emotionan eloquent yawn
Derived Formseloquently, adverb

Word Origin for eloquent

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

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Word Origin and History for eloquent

eloquent

adj.

late 14c., from Old French eloquent, from Latin eloquentem (nominative eloquens), present participle of eloqui "to speak out" (see eloquence). Related: Eloquently.

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