[el-uh-kwuh nt] /ˈɛl ə kwənt/

having or exercising the power of fluent, forceful, and appropriate speech:
an eloquent orator.
characterized by forceful and appropriate expression:
an eloquent speech.
movingly expressive:
looks eloquent of disgust.
(of speech, writing, etc) characterized by fluency and persuasiveness
visibly or vividly expressive, as of an emotion: an eloquent yawn

late 14c., from Old French eloquent, from Latin eloquentem (nominative eloquens), present participle of eloqui “to speak out” (see eloquence). Related: Eloquently.


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