Definition of eloquent in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈeləkwənt/


1Fluent or persuasive in speaking or writing: an eloquent speech
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  • 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.
fluent, articulate, expressive, silver-tongued;
persuasive, strong, forceful, powerful, potent, well expressed, effective, lucid, vivid, graphic;
smooth-tongued, glib
1.1Clearly expressing or indicating something: the touches of fatherliness are eloquent of the real man
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  • The testimonies of the young boys are quite eloquent of the systematic abuse spread over several years.
expressive, meaningful, suggestive, revealing, telling, significant, indicative


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

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Syllabification: el·o·quent

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