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eloquent

[ el-uh-kwuhnt ]
/ ˈɛl ə kwənt /
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Definition of eloquent

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.
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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

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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.

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WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH eloquent

elegant, eloquent
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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 forms of eloquent

eloquently, adverb

Word Origin for eloquent

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