argument

[ ahr-gyuh-muh nt ]
/ ˈɑr gyə mənt /

noun


Nearby words

  1. argue,
  2. arguedas, alcides,
  3. arguendo,
  4. arguer,
  5. argufy,
  6. argumentation,
  7. argumentative,
  8. argumentum,
  9. argumentum ad hominem,
  10. argun

Origin of argument

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

Related formsre·ar·gu·ment, noun

Synonym study

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.

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British Dictionary definitions for argument

argument

/ (ˈɑːɡjʊmənt) /

noun

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Word Origin and History for argument

argument

n.

early 14c., "statements and reasoning in support of a proposition," from Old French arguement "reasoning, opinion; accusation, charge" (13c.), from Latin argumentum "evidence, ground, support, proof; a logical argument," from arguere "to argue" (see argue). Sense passed through "subject of contention" to "a quarrel," a sense formerly attached to argumentation.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with argument

argument

see under pick a quarrel.

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