El"o*quence (?), n. [F. 'eloquence, L. eloquentia, fr. eloquens. See Eloquent.]
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.
Fig.: Whatever produces the effect of moving and persuasive speech.
Silence that spoke and eloquence of eyes.
The hearts of men are their books; events are their tutors; great actions are their eloquence.
That which is eloquently uttered or written.
O, let my books be then the eloquence
And dumb presagers of my speaking breast.
Syn. -- Oratory; rhetoric.
© Webster 1913.