a. Persuasive, moving, or graceful discourse: "He has declined to believe Hermione's own honest eloquence" (Wendy Lesser).
b. The skill or power of using such discourse: a writer known for her eloquence.
2. The quality of persuasive, moving, or graceful expression: a passage of great eloquence.
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