Word of the Week
: a statement or series of statements for or against something
: a discussion in which people express different opinions about something
: an angry disagreement
Full Definition of ARGUMENT
1 obsolete : an outward sign : indication
2 a : a reason given in proof or rebuttal
b : discourse intended to persuade
b : a coherent series of statements leading from a premise to a conclusion
c : quarrel, disagreement
4 : an abstract or summary especially of a literary work <an argument preceded the
5 : the subject matter especially of a literary work
6 a : one of the independent variables upon whose value that of a function depends
b : a predicate in grammar
c : amplitude
Examples of ARGUMENT
- They made a compelling argument for our participation.
- The committee presented strong arguments against building a new school.
- a lawyer's closing argument at the trial
- His argument did not convince his opponents.
- Let us accept, for the sake of argument, that she is right.
- Don't you want to hear both sides of the argument?
- They were always getting into arguments about politics.
- There were many arguments about the new design.
- They settled an argument that started in class.
- I don't want to hear any arguments about whether you'll go.
Related to ARGUMENT
altercation, argle-bargle [chiefly British], argy-bargy [chiefly British], battle royal, bicker, brawl, contretemps, controversy, cross fire, disagreement, dispute, donnybrook, falling-out, fight, hassle, imbroglio, kickup, misunderstanding, quarrel, rhubarb, row, scrap, set-to, spat, squabble, tiff, wrangle
clash, run-in, skirmish, tangle, tussle; logomachy; feud, vendetta; attack, contention, dissension (also dissention); debate, difference, disputation; fuss, objection, protest, protestation; affray [chiefly British], fisticuffs, fracas, fray, free-for-all, melee (also mêlée); catfight