El"o*quence(?), n. [F. 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.
Eloquence is speaking out . . . out of the abundance of the heart.Hare.
2. Fig.: Whatever produces the effect of moving 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, let my books be then the eloquenceShak.
And dumb presagers of my speaking breast.
Syn. -- Oratory; rhetoric.
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