Search Result for "eloquence":
1. powerful and effective language;
- Example: "his eloquence attracted a large congregation"
- Example: "fluency in spoken and written English is essential"
- Example: "his oily smoothness concealed his guilt from the police"
[syn: eloquence, fluency, smoothness]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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]WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
eloquence n 1: 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" [syn: eloquence, fluency, smoothness]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
34 Moby Thesaurus words for "eloquence": articulacy, articulateness, debating, declamation, demagogism, elocution, expression, expressiveness, facility of speech, facundity, fervor, force, forcefulness, forensics, homiletics, lecturing, meaningfulness, oratory, passion, platform oratory, power, public speaking, pyrotechnics, rabble-rousing, rhetoric, speaking, speechcraft, speechification, speeching, speechmaking, spirit, stump speaking, vigor, wordcraftThe Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906):
ELOQUENCE, n. The art of orally persuading fools that white is the color that it appears to be. It includes the gift of making any color appear white.