[ ahr-gyuh-muhnt ]
/ ˈɑr gyə mənt /
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Origin of argument

1325–75; Middle English (<Old French ) <Latin argūmentum.See argue, -ment

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1. Argument, controversy, dispute imply the expression of opinions for and against some idea. An argument usually arises from a disagreement between two persons, each of whom advances facts supporting his or her own point of view. A controversy or a dispute may involve two or more persons. A dispute is an oral contention, usually brief, and often of a heated, angry, or undignified character: a violent dispute over a purchase. A controversy is an oral or written expression of contrary opinions, and may be dignified and of some duration: a political controversy.


re·ar·gu·ment, noun
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What is an argument?

An argument is a spoken disagreement or altercation between two people, The argument between the couple began with a disagreement over who’s turn it was to empty the dishwasher.

An argument is also a debate, as in The argument about whether or not to buy new playground equipment went back and forth for over an hour.

An argument is a series of reasons, as in The debating team always prepared an argument on the importance of debating teams. 

An argument is also a theme or central argument, as in an essay.

Example: The debate turned into a heated argument when the missing money was brought up.

Where does argument come from?

The first records of the term argument come from the 1300s. It comes from the Latin argūmentum.

Arguments arise when two points of view cannot align. Arguments can be caused by differences of opinion, honest misunderstandings, or outright lies. For example, a couple might have an argument about doing household chores because one person has a stronger desire for cleanliness than the other person does. Arguments like these can be found in just about any situation and can typically be resolved with a compromise.

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How is argument used in real life?

Argument is commonly used to describe a discussion with two or more conflicting viewpoints.


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Which of the following is NOT a synonym for argument?

A. agreement
B. altercation
C. debate
D. disagreement

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British Dictionary definitions for argument

/ (ˈɑːɡjʊmənt) /

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Other Idioms and Phrases with argument


see under pick a quarrel.

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