silver-tongued orator

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silver-tongued orator

One who is eloquently and artfully persuasive in speech. He might not have much experience in politics, but the candidate has proven to be a silver-tongued orator capable of winning over voters with his charismatic speeches. You've got to be something of a silver-tongued orator in the industry if you ever want to convince people that your product is worth investing in.
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silver-tongued orator

An eloquent and persuasive speaker. This term has been around since the sixteenth century, when it was applied to the preacher Henry Smith (ca. 1550–91) and to Joshua Sylvester (1563–1618), a translator. Silver has long been equated with something fast-flowing and dazzlingly bright, and thus is a natural metaphor for eloquent speech. The best-known recipient of the epithet “silver-tongued orator” was William Jennings Bryan (1860–1925), who not only was a wonderful speaker but advocated the free coinage of silver; he won the Democratic presidential nomination in 1896 as a result of a speech in which he said, “You shall not crucify mankind upon a cross of gold.”
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