eloquent

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj eloquent expressing yourself readily, clearly, effectively "able to dazzle with his facile tongue","silver speech"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Eloquent Adapted to express strong emotion or to state facts arguments with fluency and power; as, an eloquent address or statement; an eloquent appeal to a jury.
    • Eloquent Having the power of expressing strong emotions or forcible arguments in an elevated, impassioned, and effective manner; as, an eloquent orator or preacher. "O Death, all- eloquent ! You only prove
      What dust we dote on when 't is man we love."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • eloquent Having the power of expressing strong emotions in vivid and appropriate speech; able to utter moving thoughts or words: as, an eloquent orator or preacher; an eloquent tongue.
    • eloquent Expressing strong emotions with fluency and power; movingly uttered or expressed; stirring; persuasive: as, an eloquent address; eloquent history; an eloquent appeal to a jury.
    • eloquent Manifesting or exciting emotion, feeling, or interest through any of the senses; movingly expressive or affecting: as, eloquent looks or gestures; a hush of eloquent silence.
    • eloquent Giving strong expression or manifestation; vividly characteristic.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Eloquent el′o-kwent having the power of speaking with fluency, elegance, and force: containing eloquence: persuasive
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Quotations

  • William Shakespeare
    William%20Shakespeare
    “Action is eloquence.”
  • Josh Billings
    Josh%20Billings
    “When a man gets talking about himself, he seldom fails to be eloquent and often reaches the sublime.”
  • Victor Hugo
    Victor%20Hugo
    “There is no more sovereign eloquence than the truth in indignation.”
  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
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    “True eloquence consists in saying all that should be said, and that only.”
  • Ovid
    Ovid
    “In an easy matter. Anybody can be eloquent.”
  • Henry Fielding
    Henry%20Fielding
    “Money will say more in one moment than the most eloquent lover can in years.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. éloquent, L. eloquens, -entis, p. pr. of eloqui, to speak out, declaim; e, + loqui, to speak. See Loquacious
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. eloquens, -entis, pr.p. of eloqui.

Usage

In literature:

His feelings burst forth, on the occasion, in eloquent and touching tributes to her memory.
"Memoir of the Life of John Quincy Adams." by Josiah Quincy
His dinners are the most eloquent addresses imaginable.
"Boswell's Correspondence with the Honourable Andrew Erskine, and His Journal of a Tour to Corsica" by James Boswell
It was a revival; the church was packed, the sermon eloquent and it made a deep impression upon Alfred.
"Watch Yourself Go By" by Al. G. Field
The village elder, a venerable and worthy man, arose and sought to check the fiery eloquence of the orator.
"Rabbi and Priest" by Milton Goldsmith
Her shoulders approached her ears in eloquent gesture.
"More about Pixie" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
His voice grows eloquent.
"April's Lady" by Margaret Wolfe Hungerford
He was rarely eloquent except when denouncing slavery.
"History of the Negro Race in America from 1619 to 1880. Vol. 2 (of 2)" by George Washington Williams
He did not seem surprised at her refusal, though he pleaded his cause with no little eloquence.
"The Daughters of Danaus" by Mona Caird
But all this eloquence was wasted.
"The Swedish Revolution Under Gustavus Vasa" by Paul Barron Watson
He seems the most eloquent, I might almost say the only eloquent man in the Senate.
"A Political History of the State of New York, Volumes 1-3" by DeAlva Stanwood Alexander
As Mary always wrote most eloquently on subjects which were of heartfelt interest, its disappearance is to be regretted.
"Mary Wollstonecraft" by Elizabeth Robins Pennell
Her beauty, wit, and eloquence drew crowded houses.
"History of Woman Suffrage, Volume I"
His acknowledged compositions prove that he possessed considerable eloquence and information.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
Its fervid eloquence was inspired by the foresight she had of impending perils.
"Madame Roland, Makers of History" by John S. C. Abbott
Mrs. Harbert gave an eloquent address of welcome.
"History of Woman Suffrage, Volume III (of III)" by Various
By the strength of Cicero's eloquence this man has occupied an immortality of meanness.
"The Life of Cicero" by Anthony Trollope
And if he tells the secret, eloquence and life go with it.
"The Bridge of the Gods" by Frederic Homer Balch
Forked eloquence was silenced by now.
"The Missourian" by Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
They had Egyptians who could be as eloquent as Moses.
"Men of the Bible" by Dwight Moody
How eloquent could Anne Elliot have been!
"The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of Jane Austen" by Jane Austen
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In poetry:

I hasten forth to the starry gems,
That circle the brow of night,
And track with them the eloquent depths
Of the boundless Infinite.
"A Thought Of The Stars" by Mary Gardiner Horsford
I will not tell of cheeks and chin,
That held me as sweet language holds;
Nor of the eloquence within
Her breasts' twin-mooned molds.
"The Garden Of Dreams" by Madison Julius Cawein
Rarer than Eloquence, and sweeter far
Thy dulcet pauses are;
Stronger than Music, charm she ne'er so well,
Is, Silence, thy soft spell.
"Silence" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
The Stag with a pathetic grace
Look'd up, most eloquently mute;
And sighing in Fortunio's face,
Now lick'd the hand, that held his flute.
"The Stag" by William Hayley
I. WHAT need'st thou ask, or I reply?
Mere WORDS are for the stupid many;
I've ever thought a speaking look
The sweetest eloquence of any!
"The Boudoir" by Sydney Owenson
And stalwart men are dumb with grief,
And sorrow pales the sternest cheek,
While gentler women find relief,
In tears—more eloquent than speech.
"On The Death Of Miss Mary Hayes" by David John Scott

In news:

The TV execution follows a series of newspaper ads that broke last October in which Jag owners wax eloquent about their cars.
As a writer, Baldwin became one of the most eloquent spokesmen for racial equality in the Civil Rights era.
Lieberson writes eloquently and at length on Popper's philosophy of scientific knowledge, especially his solution to the problem of induction.
English is recognized not only as the universal language but also when spoken correctly as eloquent, beautiful and effective.
Moments of power, eloquence in ' King John '.
And it's hard to imagine that idea being expressed more eloquently than it was at a Capitol hearing last Tuesday morning.
W hen Lady Thatcher collapsed and was taken to a hospital in London on Wednesday evening, it seemed the most eloquent comment possible on the election of David Cameron as her successor as leader of the British Conservative party.
Geoffrey Brock's anthology of twentieth-century Italian poetry offers the risk of a counter-eloquence.
William Fulbright , the Arkansas Democrat whose powerful mind and eloquent voice helped to rally opposition to the Vietnam War, died at 1:15 this morning at his home here.
Few men have changed the course of history like Winston Churchill did, and few have done it with such eloquence.
At His Press Conference Tuesday night, President Bush eloquently made the case for staying the course in Iraq.
It was just last summer that one of my favorite baseball executives had this eloquent description of Andy Pettitte.
She eloquently goes lists three simple ways to take action.
The famed scientist and author gives an answer that is perhaps as eloquent as it is mind-blowing.
John Hurt eloquently stars in Samuel Beckett 's 'Krapp's Last Tape' at Kirk Douglas Theatre in a production directed by Michael Colgan.
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In science:

If we are to seek an eloquent, physically intuitive variational principle, we must exert some effort and re-formulate the variational principle for H1 .
Variational Principles in General Relativity
The classical limit is one of the phenomena that more eloquently shows time-asymmetry since this limit always occurs towards the future.
The cosmological origin of time-asymmetry
This is a widely held view whose implications for the hidden-variables debate were eloquently captured by N.
Bell Locality and the Nonlocal Character of Nature
This dilemma is eloquently articulated by the late Robert M.
Comment on "The shape and composition of interstellar silicate grains"
Such arguments were eloquently put forward by Haroche and Raimond (1996).
Quantum Computing
As eloquently pointed out by Adler (2000), this problem occurs in a large number of different applications including in image processing (Worsley, 1995).
Inference in Perturbation Models, Finite Mixtures and Scan Statistics: The Volume-of-Tube Formula
The importance of this dictum was stated eloquently by Schawlow who noted “To do successful research, you don’t need to know everything.
A First Exposure to Statistical Mechanics for Life Scientists
It’s God’s will that he is alive at all. A big tree fell on him as he passed by, and after a long spell in the hospital he returned from the dead. God brought him back so he could write eloquently to tell us all what a bunch of crap this kind of thinking is.
Book review of SUPERSTITION by Robert Park
Although ACFA does not specifically mention a neutrino factory, the resources devoted to this end in Japan as well as the world leadership in neutrino physics currently enjoyed by our Japanese colleagues is eloquent enough testimony to the importance that such a development has in Asia.
Neutrino Factory R&D - a global perspective
The resemblance with Fermat’s principle (29) is eloquent.
From Classical to Quantum Mechanics through Optics
The following result is stronger than Theorem 3.1 although its statement is less eloquent.
Around rationality of integral cycles
As pointed out eloquently by Dunietz 27 , this provides a uniquely different way to measure CPV in the B system.
Prospects for measurements of CP violation at hadron colliders
Usually, negative values of the Wigner function are viewed as signature of a nonclassical state (one of the more eloquent examples is given by the Schr¨odinger-cat states whose Wigner function is characterized by rapid oscillations around the origin of the complex plane).
Trace forms for the generalized Wigner functions
The following figure Fig. k6 (representing at quadrature Fabricius’, left, and Kepler’s (right) ellipses, circumscribed circle (drawn but not distinguishable on this scale) and epicycles (both drawn but only Kepler’s being visible) is a quite eloquent illustration.
Quasi periodic motions from Hipparchus to Kolmogorov
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