Eloquence El"o*quence, n. [F. ['e]loquence, L. eloquentia, fr. eloquens. See {Eloquent}.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster]

Eloquence is speaking out . . . out of the abundance of the heart. --Hare. [1913 Webster]

2. Fig.: Whatever produces the effect of moving and persuasive speech. [1913 Webster]

Silence that spoke and eloquence of eyes. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

The hearts of men are their books; events are their tutors; great actions are their eloquence. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

3. That which is eloquently uttered or written. [1913 Webster]

O, let my books be then the eloquence And dumb presagers of my speaking breast. --Shak.

Syn: Oratory; rhetoric. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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