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Words Related to Opinion and Argument - Making an Argument 3

Here you will learn some English words related to making an argument, such as "thrust", "slant", and "sophist".

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Words Related to Opinion and Argument
ratiocination
[noun]
the process of logical thinking or reasoning
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to score points
[phrase]
‌to gain advantage over others by doing or saying something that receives a positive reaction, especially in an argument
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to score off
[verb]
to try to prove that one is more clever than someone else by making witty remarks
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to signpost
[verb]
to clearly demonstrate something, especially the way that an argument, speech, etc. will develop so that everyone will notice and understand
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signposting
[noun]
‌the process of showing or understanding how something such as a speech or argument is organized or is going to develop
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to slant
[verb]
to interpret or present information with a subjective point of view or bias
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sophist
[noun]
someone that is skilled in devious argumentation
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sophistry
[noun]
the clever use of arguments that seem correct and convincing but are actually false in order to deceive people
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special pleading
[noun]
an unfair attempt to persuade someone by only giving them facts that are in line with one's point of view
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to split hairs
[phrase]
to highlight insignificant details or small distinctions between two things
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summing-up
[noun]
the judge's summary near the end of a trial in court, specifically to remind the jury of the evidence and the main arguments concerning the case
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to sum up
[verb]
to briefly state the most important parts or facts of something
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to support
[verb]
to provide evidence or information in order to prove that something, especially a claim or idea is true
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to sustain
[verb]
to support an opinion, argument, theory, etc. or to prove it's credibility
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syllogism
[noun]
a type of logical argument that uses deductive reasoning to conclude based on two premises claimed or supposed to be true
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talking point
[noun]
a topic of interest, especially one that supports a particular argument that invites discussion
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the balance of evidence
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the most probable result or answer obtained from the evidence on both sides of an argument
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the thrust
[noun]
(of an argument, policy, etc.) the main point that shows the main idea or intention of what someone is saying or doing
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to start with
[phrase]
used when stating the first and foremost reason that needs to be mentioned or considered
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touche
[interjection]
used humorously to show that someone has made a good point in an argument or discussion
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unanswerable
[adjective]
(of an argument or claim) impossible to refute or disagree with because of being clearly true
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unarguable
[adjective]
not open to argument or disagreement
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unarguably
[adverb]
in a way that can not be disputed or disagreed with
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unchallengeable
[adjective]
(of a belief, idea, etc.) impossible to oppose or argue with
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to underpin
[verb]
to back up or form the basis of an argument by providing support
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underpinning
[noun]
a set of opinions, motives, or ideas that serve as a foundation of an argument, claim, etc.
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weak point
[noun]
a flaw or imperfection in one's character that makes one vulnerable
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while
[conjunction]
despite the fact that; even though
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whilst
[conjunction]
used to indicate a contrast between two things
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there
[adverb]
used to refer to a stage or point reached by a particular process or activity
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to wipe the floor with sb
[phrase]
to completely beat someone in an argument or competition, particularly in a humiliating way
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