dulciloquy

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Latin dulcis, "sweet", and loqui, "to speak".

Noun[edit]

dulciloquy (plural not attested)

  1. A soft manner of speaking; gentle speech.
    • 1885, Isaac L. Vansant, Roofless: a romance in rhyme
      Hushed into sweet tranquillity / By that divine dulciloquy.
    • 1901, Isaac Kahn Friedman, By bread alone
      Winslow started on his dulciloquy. With an autocratic, barely perceptible sweep of the hand, the general cut him short.
    • 1998, Sandie Byrne, H, v., & O: the poetry of Tony Harrison (page 135)
      If Harrison's poetry depicts machine-gun tongues of fire as leading to nothing but apocalypse, a fruitless Pentecost, it does not commend the tongues of fire of dulciloquy and poetic eloquence as capable of bringing redemption.