Definition of eloquence in English:



mass noun
  • Fluent or persuasive speaking or writing.

    ‘a preacher of great power and eloquence’
    • ‘They think human eloquence and argument can persuade unbelievers to repent and believe.’
    • ‘This was the unbounded power of eloquence - of words - of burning noble words.’
    • ‘It is a speech that cannot fail to thrill the reader for its noble and patriotic eloquence.’
    • ‘The sly, literate prose filtered through wavering vocals still dwells in corners of life either too big or too small to express with such uncanny eloquence.’
    • ‘Shylock engineers a position where he can punish his enemies on their own terms and his merciless resolve to take what is his is articulated with pained eloquence.’
    • ‘He was no apologist, but the glittering, near-feverish eloquence of his writing suggests fascination, almost reverence.’
    • ‘Many of the important books on intelligence are reviewed with Powers' characteristic thoughtful eloquence.’
    • ‘Orators are also expected to be able to speak with power and eloquence in an extemporaneous fashion.’
    • ‘Cancer is traditionally termed a ‘mute’ sign because it often indicates a poor ability to express oneself with verbal eloquence.’
    • ‘In the later accounts by writers and journalists, there is a strange defining eloquence, as though they are trying to compete with the camera or the silkscreen print.’
    • ‘In France, eloquence is one of the great means of social advancement.’
    • ‘That fierce, murderous eloquence does make me wonder whether the rhetoric of modern Islamists is comparable.’
    • ‘Sometimes it takes a genius to express with eloquence what so many people have been struggling to express with their prose.’
    • ‘It is an uncommonly fine piece of official portraiture, pleasing in its lack of eloquence.’
    • ‘Well, I thought about it further and I was persuaded by the eloquence of the questions I received yesterday.’
    • ‘But he maintains that eloquence and writings are unperishable monuments.’
    • ‘And her power was not in her shouting or in her eloquence or in her emotion.’
    • ‘The pale short-lived summer is central to the Swedish sensibility, and few have expressed its gentle melancholy with greater eloquence.’
    • ‘Howe's affection for her mother is expressed in other passages through a somber, tender eloquence.’
    • ‘His charm and eloquence, combined with an easy, self-assured attitude, had a settling effect on the tense nerves of some of our colleagues.’
    oratory, rhetoric, grandiloquence, magniloquence
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Late Middle English via Old French from Latin eloquentia, from eloqui ‘speak out’, from e- (variant of ex-) ‘out’ + loqui ‘speak’.