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silver-tongued

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj silver-tongued expressing yourself readily, clearly, effectively "able to dazzle with his facile tongue","silver speech"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • silver-tongued Having a smooth tongue, or fluent, plausible, or convin cing speech; eloquent.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Silver-tongued plausible, eloquent
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. silfer, seolfor; Ice. silfr, Ger. silber.

Usage

In literature:

Mr. Goble regarded the silver-tongued orator wrathfully.
"Jill the Reckless" by P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse
Anthony Hammond, the poet, called "Silver Tongue" (1668-1738).
"Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama" by E. Cobham Brewer
She came down-stairs and then underwent the additional purgatory of listening to the silver-tongued farewell.
"Kept in the Dark" by Anthony Trollope
I think of a tremulous vibrating tongue of silver.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 104, June, 1866" by Various
No need of persuasion of silver tongue to carry this stage.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 146, March 11, 1914" by Various
He was the college silver-tongue, and we settled back to listen to him.
"At Good Old Siwash" by George Fitch
I think of a tremulous, vibrating tongue of silver.
"Bird Stories from Burroughs" by John Burroughs
We sent our silver-tongued Browning out there.
"Skinner's Dress Suit" by Henry Irving Dodge
But when the time-piece on the mantle chimed twelve with its silver tongue, she found herself suddenly and unaccountably wide awake.
"Theo" by Mrs. Frances Hodgson Burnett
They have listened to his silver tongue in the council.
"The Road to Frontenac" by Samuel Merwin
Mix, put on his other personality, and prepared to silver his tongue.
"Rope" by Holworthy Hall
You're the lawyer, Jim, the silver tongue, the eloquently persuasive.
"The Spoilers of the Valley" by Robert Watson
Silver Tongue nodded grimly.
"Wild Justice: Stories of the South Seas" by Lloyd Osbourne
He was not a diplomat, nor was he gifted with the silver tongue of oratory or the spirit of compromise.
"The Fathers of New England" by Charles M. Andrews
John O'Keefe the author of 'Wild Oats,' relates a similar curious, and humorous anecdote concerning the "silver tongued" Spranger Barry.
"Curiosities of Impecuniosity" by H. G. Somerville
A SANCTIFIED heart is better than a silvered tongue.
"The Little Gleaner, Vol. X." by Various
He of the silver tongue had failed?
"My Lords of Strogue Vol. III, (of III)" by Lewis Wingfield
And even among them Chandni had a silver tongue: none near her, so the report ran.
"The Potter's Thumb" by Flora Annie Steel
Parson Gale had better have bitten his tongue through and kept his silver in his pocket.
"Katerfelto" by G. J. Whyte-Melville
Even the silver-tongued Sheridan himself made a poor impression upon the House with his earliest effort.
"The Mother of Parliaments" by Harry Graham
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In poetry:

For him, whose voice for freedom
Swayed friend and foe at will,
Hushed is the tongue of silver,
The golden lips are still!
"A Welcome To Lowell" by John Greenleaf Whittier
And he launched a ship of silver mail,
With fifty lads to hoist the sail,
And twenty wise—all tongues they knew,
And Aflatun, and Aristu.
"The Ballad of Iskander" by James Elroy Flecker
And the twenty masters of foreign speech
Of every tongue they knew tried each;
Smiling, the silver Captain heard,
But shook his head and said no word.
"The Ballad of Iskander" by James Elroy Flecker
His brow was sad; his eye beneath,
Flashed like a falchion from its sheath,
And like a silver clarion rung
The accents of that unknown tongue,
Excelsior!
"Excelsior" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Golden-winged, silver-winged,
Winged with flashing flame,
Such a flight of birds I saw,
Birds without a name:
Singing songs in their own tongue
(Song of songs) they came.
"Paradise: In A Symbol" by Christina Georgina Rossetti
"Shall bend approved, where beckoning hosts invite,
On clouds of silver her adoring knee,
Approach with Seraphim the throne of light,
—And BEAUTY plead with angel-tongue for Me!"
"The Botanic Garden( Part III)" by Erasmus Darwin

In news:

I love Racehorse Haynes for the same reason his clients do: He's one of the most colorful silver-tongued devils to grace Texas since God made trial lawyers.
Son says even family members swindled by Soutar's 'silver tongue'.
Lancaster Dodd, the silver-tongued charlatan who presides over The Master, claims he's no hypnotist.
Jeff Prince's latest article ("Cross about the Crossing," June 17, 2009) shows us that those in power who work their silver tongues aren't always going to get their way, especially when the opposition is vocal.
Once upon a time there was a silver-tongued president.
There can be no denial that Bill Clinton is a silver-tongued orator.
Silver-tongued salesmen still garner crowds in the PNE Marketplace.
It takes guile, planning, sharp vision, a silver tongue -- and a 50-foot extension cord.
There can be no denial that Bill Clinton is a silver- tongued orator.
Silver- tongued salesmen still garner crowds in the PNE Marketplace.
A Silver- Tongued Devil Offers.
The Corpse with the Silver Tongue.
The Young International w/The Electric Hearts, The Silver Tongues & Helena Johansson.
That was the question on the tongues of many when he and fiancée Sally Humphreys turned up wearing matching silver bands on their wedding fingers Tuesday (Nov 27) at the British Fashion Awards.
14.99 Your Price: $5.64- Disenchanted with the daily drudge of crushing rocks on a prison farm in Mississippi, the dapper, silver-tongued Ulysses Everett McGill (George Clooney, THE PERFECT STORM) busts loose.
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