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First published 1951 (DOST Vol. II).
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Eloquence, -ens, n. [ME. (Wyclif) and OF. eloquence, L. ēloquentia.] Eloquence; utterance, speech.(a) c1400 Troy-bk. ii. 1846.
Thai … With richt subtell eloquence Tolde all the maner how it wes
1456 Hay II. 92/21.
It efferis till a king tobe of gude eloquence and of faire langage
a1500 Henr. Fab. 37.
Of eloquence Nor rethorike I neuer vnderstude
c1500-c1512 Dunb. Flyt. 107.
Sic eloquence as thay in Erschry vse
1562-3 Winȝet II. 35/4.
He wes … excellent in the riches of leirning, and weray pissant in eloquence
a1585 Maitl. Q. xxxix. 56.
I knaw otheris hes mair experience In craft of loue; and greater eloquence
(b) c1460 Thewis Wysmen 455.
Thocht thai be blunt of eloquens, Thar word is fyrst in audiens
1490 Irland Mir. I. 9/5.
Tullius … writis that eloquens without wisdome is richt dangerus in realmez
1513 Doug. i. Prol. 4.
Gem of engyne and flude of eloquens
a1568 (Dunb.) Bann. MS. 266 a/21.
Quhat … offens That wemen dois be cullourit eloquens

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