eloquent

eloquently, adv.eloquentness, n.
/el"euh kweuhnt/, adj.
1. having or exercising the power of fluent, forceful, and appropriate speech: an eloquent orator.
2. characterized by forceful and appropriate expression: an eloquent speech.
3. movingly expressive: looks eloquent of disgust.
[1350-1400; ME ( < AF) < L eloquent- (s. of eloquens, prp. of eloqui) speaking out, eloquent, equiv. to e- E- + loqu- speak + -ent- -ENT]
Syn. 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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  • Eloquent — El o*quent, a. [F. [ e]loquent, L. eloquens, entis, p. pr. of eloqui to speak out, declaim; e + loqui to speak. See {Loquacious}.] 1. Having the power of expressing strong emotions or forcible arguments in an elevated, impassioned, and effective… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • eloquent — late 14c., from O.Fr. eloquent, from L. eloquentem (nom. eloquens), prp. of eloqui to speak out (see ELOQUENCE (Cf. eloquence)). Related: Eloquently …   Etymology dictionary

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