Speaks volumes

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Speaks volumes is an idiom that is hundreds of years old. We will examine the meaning of the common idiom speaks volumes where it came from, and some examples of its idiomatic usage in sentences.

Speaks volumes explains something that reveals a great deal of information about something or someone. Generally, the idiom speaks volumes describes something that reveals information subtly or with subtext; the information is implied. One’s actions or choices may speak volumes about that person’s character or intent. For instance, if one chooses not to support any charitable endeavors, it speaks volumes about that person’s moral character. The expression speaks volumes came into use at the turn of the nineteenth century. The word volumes, in this case, refers to volumes of books that contain information. Related phrases are speak volumes, spoke volumes, speaking volumes.


In a summer where Wilson is visiting campuses left and right, the traditions LSU carries at the defensive back position speak volumes to what they can offer him. (Sports Illustrated)

Images speak volumes in challenging the usual depiction of Africa and people of the Afro-Diaspora. (Forbes)

Modern designs of a workplace have a lot of importance as they can affect the company’s working style and speak volumes about the company values.  (Vents Magazine)