- 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.
- 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
Examples from the Web for arguer
Historical Examples of arguer
No future arguer against miracles can afford to pass it over.Fragments of science, V. 1-2
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
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
- (intr) to quarrel; wranglethey were always arguing until I arrived
- (intr; often foll by for or against) to present supporting or opposing reasons or cases in a dispute; reason
- (tr; may take a clause as object) to try to prove by presenting reasons; maintain
- (tr; often passive) to debate or discussthe case was fully argued before agreement was reached
- (tr) to persuadehe argued me into going
- (tr) to give evidence of; suggesther looks argue despair
Word Origin for argue
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.