What does eloquence mean?

Definitions for eloquence
ˈɛl ə kwənselo·quence

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. eloquence, fluency, smoothnessnoun

    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"

Wiktionary

  1. eloquencenoun

    The quality of artistry and persuasiveness in speech or writing.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Eloquencenoun

    Etymology: eloquentia, Latin.

    Action is eloquence, and the eyes of th’ ignorant
    More learned than the ears. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    Say she be mute, and will not speak a word;
    Then I’ll commend her volubility,
    And say she uttereth piercing eloquence. William Shakespeare.

    Fit words attended on his weighty sense,
    And mild persuasion flow’d in eloquence. Alexander Pope, Odyssey, b. vii.

Wikipedia

  1. Eloquence

    Eloquence (from French eloquence from Latin eloquentia) is fluent, elegant, persuasive, and forceful speech, persuading an audience. Eloquence is both a natural talent and improved by knowledge of language, study of a specific subject to be addressed, philosophy, rationale and ability to form a persuasive set of tenets within a presentation. "True eloquence," Oliver Goldsmith says, "Does not consist ... in saying great things in a sublime style, but in a simple style; for there is, properly speaking, no such thing as a sublime style, the sublimity lies only in the things; and when they are not so, the language may be turgid, affected, metaphorical, but not affecting."

ChatGPT

  1. eloquence

    Eloquence is the ability to speak or write in a compelling, persuasive, and effective manner, often characterized by clarity, forcefulness, and appropriate use of language. It usually involves speaking fluently, convincingly, and with a sense of both confidence and passion.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Eloquencenoun

    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

  2. Eloquencenoun

    fig.: Whatever produces the effect of moving and persuasive speech

  3. Eloquencenoun

    that which is eloquently uttered or written

Wikidata

  1. Eloquence

    Eloquence is fluent, forcible, elegant or persuasive speaking. It is primarily the power of expressing strong emotions in striking and appropriate language, thereby producing conviction or persuasion. The term is also used for writing in a fluent style. The concept of eloquence dates to the ancient Greeks, Calliope, being the Muse of epic poetry and eloquence. Eloquence derives from the Latin roots: ē, meaning "out," and loqui, a deponent verb meaning "to speak." Thus, being eloquent is having the ability to project words fluidly out of the mouth and the ability to understand and command the language in such a way that one employs a graceful style coupled with the power of persuasion, or just being extremely graceful in the interpretation of communication. Petrarch, in his study program of the classics and antiquity focused attention on language and communication. After mastering language, the goal was to reach a “level of eloquence”, to be able to present gracefully, combine thought and reason in a powerful way, so as to persuade others to a point of view. Petrarch encouraged students to imitate the ancient writers, from a language perspective, combining clear and correct speech with moral thought. The Renaissance humanists focused on the correlation of speech and political principles as a powerful tool to present and persuade others to particular concepts. At the core of presentations was the use of graceful style, clear concise grammar and usage, and over time the insertion of rational and emotional arguments.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of eloquence in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of eloquence in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of eloquence in a Sentence

  1. Goldsmith:

    While the slightest inconveniences of the great are magnified into calamities, while tragedy mouths out their sufferings in all the strains of eloquence, the miseries of the poor are entirely disregarded; and yet some of the lower ranks of people undergo more real hardships in one day than those of a more exalted station suffer in their whole lives.

  2. John W. Gardner:

    Leaders come in many forms, with many styles and diverse qualities. There are quiet leaders and leaders one can hear in the next county. Some find strength in eloquence, some in judgment, some in courage.

  3. David Hume:

    Eloquence, at its highest pitch, leaves little room for reason or reflection, but addresses itself entirely to the desires and affections, captivating the willing hearers, and subduing their understanding.

  4. David Knight:

    I saw a tremendous amount of unconscious bias against Eric because he didn't look the part, he didn't sound the part, we put so much stock in how people communicate. We ascribe their eloquence to be their intelligence.

  5. Tom Blair:

    Silence is one of the great arts of conversation, as allowed by Cicero himself, who says, "there is not only an art, but an eloquence in it." A well bred woman may easily and effectually promote the most useful and elegant conversation without speaking a word. The modes of speech are scarcely more variable than the modes of silence.

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