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[ahr-gyoo] /ˈɑr gyu/
verb (used without object), argued, arguing.
to present reasons for or against a thing:
He argued in favor of capital punishment.
to contend in oral disagreement; dispute:
The senator argued with the president about the new tax bill.
verb (used with object), argued, arguing.
to state the reasons for or against:
The lawyers argued the case.
to maintain in reasoning:
to argue that the news report must be wrong.
to persuade, drive, etc., by reasoning:
to argue someone out of a plan.
to show; prove; imply; indicate:
His clothes argue poverty.
Origin of argue
1275-1325; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French arguer < Latin argūtāre, -ārī, frequentative of arguere to prove, assert, accuse (Medieval Latin: argue, reason), though Latin frequentative form attested only in sense “babble, chatter”
Related forms
arguer, noun
counterargue, verb, counterargued, counterarguing.
overargue, verb, overargued, overarguing.
reargue, verb, reargued, rearguing.
well-argued, adjective
Synonym Study
1, 2. Argue, debate, discuss imply using reasons or proofs to support or refute an assertion, proposition, or principle. Argue implies presenting one's reasons: The scientists argued for a safer testing procedure; it may also imply disputing in an angry or excited way: His parents argue all the time. To discuss is to present varied opinions and views: to discuss ways and means. To debate is to interchange formal (usually opposing) arguments, especially on public questions: to debate a proposed amendment. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for arguer
Historical Examples
  • No future arguer against miracles can afford to pass it over.

  • But Wilson was no arguer; no speechifier as he would have called it.

    Mary Barton

    Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
  • Just as the explainer may pass from cause to effect so may the arguer.

    Public Speaking Clarence Stratton
  • He was a noted debater or arguer, and met all opponents, large or small, with equal confidence.

    Around Old Bethany

    Robert Lee Berry
  • He was an orator of the conceptions of his predecessors and superiors, an arguer of the case, a sheriff to execute a writ.

    Senatorial Character C. A. Bartol
  • This was too direct a slap at Elmer Spiker to pass unnoticed; Elmer was too old an arguer to use any ponderous weapon in return.

  • I am the arguer only, and, in my heart, all the time acquit and worship the divine creature.

    Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • I listened to him without interrupting, which slightly embarrassed him, for Perrin was an arguer but not an orator.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • Or will the arguer fall back upon the assertion that self-interest refers merely to the acquisition of material goods?

    Freeland Theodor Hertzka
  • On either side enough may be said by any arguer to convince at any rate himself.

    He Knew He Was Right

    Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for arguer


verb -gues, -guing, -gued
(intransitive) to quarrel; wrangle: they were always arguing until I arrived
(intransitive; often foll by for or against) to present supporting or opposing reasons or cases in a dispute; reason
(transitive; may take a clause as object) to try to prove by presenting reasons; maintain
(transitive; often passive) to debate or discuss: the case was fully argued before agreement was reached
(transitive) to persuade: he argued me into going
(transitive) to give evidence of; suggest: her looks argue despair
Derived Forms
arguer, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French arguer to assert, charge with, from Latin arguere to make clear, accuse; related to Latin argūtus clear, argentum silver
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Word Origin and History for arguer

late 14c., agent noun from argue (v.).



c.1300, "to make reasoned statements to prove or refute a proposition," from Old French arguer "maintain an opinion or view; harry, reproach, accuse, blame" (12c.), from Latin argutare "to prattle, prate," frequentative of arguere "make clear, make known, prove, declare, demonstrate," from PIE *argu-yo-, from root *arg- "to shine, be white, bright, clear" (see argent). Meaning "to oppose, dispute" is from late 14c. Related: Argued; arguing.

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