eloquence

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n eloquence powerful and effective language "his eloquence attracted a large congregation","fluency in spoken and written English is essential","his oily smoothness concealed his guilt from the police"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Eloquence Fig.: Whatever produces the effect of moving and persuasive speech. "Silence that spoke and eloquence of eyes.""The hearts of men are their books; events are their tutors; great actions are their eloquence ."
    • Eloquence Fluent, forcible, elegant, and persuasive speech in public; the power of expressing strong emotions in striking and appropriate language either spoken or written, thereby producing conviction or persuasion. "Eloquence is speaking out . . . out of the abundance of the heart."
    • Eloquence That which is eloquently uttered or written. "O, let my books be then the eloquence And dumb presagers of my speaking breast."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n eloquence The quality of being eloquent; moving utterance or expression; the faculty, art, or act of uttering or employing thoughts and words springing from or expressing strong emotion in a manner to excite corresponding emotion in others; by extension, the power or quality of exciting emotion, sympathy, or interest in any way: as, pulpit eloquence; a speaker, speech, or writing of great eloquence; the eloquence of tears or of silent grief.
    • n eloquence That which is expressed in an eloquent manner: as, a flow of eloquence.
    • n eloquence Synonyms Elocution, Rhetoric, etc. See oratory.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Eloquence the utterance of strong emotion in correct, appropriate, expressive, and fluent language: the art which produces fine speaking: persuasive speech
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Quotations

  • William Shakespeare
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    “Action is eloquence.”
  • Charles Caleb Colton
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    “Were we as eloquent as angels we still would please people much more by listening rather than talking.”
  • Josh Billings
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    “When a man gets talking about himself, he seldom fails to be eloquent and often reaches the sublime.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “The eloquent man is he who is no eloquent speaker, but who is inwardly drunk with a certain belief.”
  • Victor Hugo
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    “There is no more sovereign eloquence than the truth in indignation.”
  • Henry Fielding
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    “Money will say more in one moment than the most eloquent lover can in years.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. éloquence, L. eloquentia, fr. eloquens,. See Eloquent
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. eloquens, -entis, pr.p. of eloqui.

Usage

In literature:

Latterly, however, he had tried his eloquence on another arena, and not altogether with equal success.
"Orley Farm" by Anthony Trollope
Bossuet is not eloquent, he is sublime.
"Classic French Course in English" by William Cleaver Wilkinson
The man had a commanding presence, and a certain rough and telling eloquence.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 7" by Elbert Hubbard
Her censure of the irrelevant intrusion of such a subject was eloquent and severe.
"The King's Mirror" by Anthony Hope
He warned them, in eloquent and solemn language, of the evils that would ensue.
"Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds" by Charles Mackay
Then a look would thank me more than all the eloquence in the world.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 57, No. 356, June, 1845" by Various
She would speak hardly a word; but her very lack of speech was eloquent.
"Ralph the Heir" by Anthony Trollope
The messenger sent, Menenius Agrippa Lanatus, was a man famed for eloquence, and a popular favorite.
"Historic Tales, Volume 11 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
Delisle County knew them as promising young lawyers, each having distinguished himself with much fiery eloquence in an occasional case.
"In Connection with the De Willoughby Claim" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The bayonet, with mute eloquence, refused the application.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 15, No. 87, January, 1865" by Various
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In poetry:

The "little language" of a look,
A tone, a turn, a touch,
An eloquence that while it speaketh
Nothing, yet sayeth much.
"A Woman's Mood" by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward
Ah! who the anguish'd grief can paint,
Which did my bosom swell?
E'en eloquence itself would faint,
To tell the story well.
"On Viewing A Grave Of A Beloved Infant" by Elizabeth Beverley
One junior rose - with eyeballs tense,
And swollen frontal veins:
To all his powers of eloquence
He gave the fullest reins.
"Damon vs. Pythias" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Impetuous of pulse it beats
Within my blood and bears me hence;
Above the housetops and the streets
I hear its happy eloquence.
"Voices" by Madison Julius Cawein
'Twas this gave to his eloquence
That thrilling trumpet tone
Moving all hearts with those bright thoughts
Vibrating through his own
"Death Of D'Arcy McGee" by Nora Pembroke
He's widely known in medicine,
He's faced millions as teacher;
Thundered his eloquence at the bar,
He can't be excelled as preacher.
"Ajax at the Centennial. 1897" by Frank Barbour Coffin

In news:

Speakers at the Republican and Democratic national conventions waxed eloquently and passionately about their families' humble beginnings as im.
Lieberson writes eloquently and at length on Popper 's philosophy of scientific knowledge, especially his solution to the problem of induction.
Few tear things apart as eloquently as British critic A.A.
It was halting, and hardly eloquent.
With some eloquence and laughs, this first act tosses numerous balls in the air.
One of them was enunciated most eloquently by, no surprise, Ronald Reagan.
A retired British naval officer's scathing email to his three adult children about his bitter and frustrating disappointment in all of them has gone viral with its eloquence and biting honesty.
A letter to the editor two weeks ago stated eloquently the case for politeness in our political debate.
Aliens can land, robots can love, but never does a movie feel more false than when people actually say what they should—in eloquent, witty, exactly right ways.
On the pages of The Atlantic, Muir eloquently captured America's natural beauty and the need to preserve it.
Butting heads with Jack (Alec Baldwin) over who win Jenna's () vote, Liz Lemon makes another less-than-eloquent pitch to reelect the president.
From Darkness, an Eloquent Voice Gets Her Point Across.
This eloquent piece should be read in full, but Bush's moral clarity on the subject and his determination to name names bear repeating.
These anthems got their messages across loudly, clearly, and eloquently.
The subtitle for Sunday's Well Healed Woman conference was "Health, Healing and Humor," and Vicki Lawrence - who became famous on "The Carol Burnett Show" - eloquently explored all three.
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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
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