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eloquent

Syllabification: el·o·quent
Pronunciation: /ˈeləkwənt
 
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Definition of eloquent in English:

adjective

1Fluent or persuasive in speaking or writing: an eloquent speech
More example sentences
  • His life and writings have given eloquent testimony that one may be both a man of science and a man of God.
  • The arguments from both sides were eloquent and persuasive, and for some time it seemed that the verdict could go either way.
  • The member who spoke before me gave us a very interesting and eloquent speech.
Synonyms
persuasive, strong, forceful, powerful, potent, well expressed, effective, lucid, vivid, graphic;
1.1Clearly expressing or indicating something: the touches of fatherliness are eloquent of the real man
More example sentences
  • The testimonies of the young boys are quite eloquent of the systematic abuse spread over several years.
Synonyms
expressive, meaningful, suggestive, revealing, telling, significant, indicative

Origin

late Middle English: via Old French from Latin eloquent- 'speaking out', from the verb eloqui (see eloquence).

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