1. Fluent, forcible, elegant, and persuasive speech
in popular; the strength 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." (Hare)
2. Whatever produces the effect
and persuasive speech. "Silence that spoke and eloquence
of eyes." (Pope) "The hearts of men
are their books; events are their tutors; great actions are their eloquence." (Macaulay)
3. That which is eloquently uttered or written. "O, allow my books be then the eloquence
presagers of my speaking breast." (Shak)
Synonym: Oratory, rhetoric.
Origin: F. Eloquence, L. Eloquentia, fr. Eloquens. See Eloquent.
Source: Websters Vocabulary