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Argument and Language

TermTypical UseDefinition
apt Following his father's footsteps, the architect was apt to take over the family business appropriate, inclined
cajole Using dry tuna, I was able to cajole the kitten out of the corner. coax
compendious The small book included a short and compendious overview of the history of Feudal Japan succinct
concur In less than an hour, the judge announced the jury had been able to concur on the defendant's guilt agree
delineate Jamie asked her teacher to delineate the project description once more clearly describe or portray
digress The teacher cautioned her students to stay on topic and avoid digressions in their essays. stray from the subject at hand
elucidate To make life easy for my math students, I go out of my way to elucidate the complex problems before each test clarify
embroil I avoided my two best friends because l did not want to get embroiled in their dispute involve in an argument or conflict
empirical Because there was no empirical link between the suspect and the victim, the prosecutor found it hard to make a provable case. based on observation and experiment (not theory)
enumerate The hundreds of people that contributed to my book are too many to enumerate, so will thank them collectively. list
epitome Even under great pressure, the emergency room doctor was the epitome of professionalism. perfect example of a quality or type
equivocal The teacher's equivocal answer did not provide me with a clear response to my question. ambiguous
exemplar The teacher shared my paper with the class after describing it as an exemplar of a well-written essay. representative example
exhort A good leader will exhort people to achieve their own forms of greatness rather than try to force them on a certain path encourage
expedient While I could have taken the train to New York City, I found it more expedient to fly there. convenient and practical
fathom Since I have always done my work, I cannot fathom why my boss just fired me. understand
flagrant The driver's flagrant disregard for the speeding laws did not escape the police officer's notice. obvious
florid His literary style was too florid and ornate for my simple tastes flushed, flowery
incongruity (noun); incongruous (adj.) These two pieces of the puzzle possess incongruity and are clearly not designed to fit with each other. inappropriateness, discrepancy
ineffable The movie's shocking ending left us all in an ineffable daze. impossible to express in words
innuendo Although the dialogue in the book is not directly explicit, the writer makes great use of innuendo to convey his message. implicit suggestion
laconic To save valuable time, give me a laconic explanation of what happened Since the patient endured severe brain trauma, it will be a while before he becomes lucid concise
lucid Since the patient endured severe brain trauma, it will be a while before he becomes lucid. clear, easily understood
nebulous While the driving teacher thought his instructions were clear, the students found them to be nebulous. vague
nuance To perfect his game, the rookie golfer watched every nuance of his mentor's swing subtle difference
paradigm The devout nun is considered a paradigm of virtue by everyone in the church clear example
prattle My talkative mother can prattle on any subject for hours. babble
pronouncement The employees were devastated when the store owner made the pronouncement that they were going out of business. formal declaration
proponent Because April loves animals, she is a fierce proponent of the animal rights movement. supporter
prosaic As a whole, prosaic writers tend to write very dull stories which most people never remember. lacking imagination, dull
rebuttal Since the defense attorney did not have a rebuttal to the prosecutor's statement, he was unable to make the jury believe his client's alibi. defense, counterargument
recant The brutal dictator will behead any rebels who refuse to recant their criticisms of his rule. retract
repudiate The candidate was told by his advisers to repudiate a previously made statement. reject
rescind When the college became aware Henry had been using steroids, they chose to rescind his football scholarship. annul, retract
rhetoric (noun); rhetorical (adj.); rhetorician (noun) The protestors' rhetoric is filled with anger towards the government. (related to) elegant speech/writing, elegant speaker/writer
scrutinize (verb); scrutiny (noun) I will not purchase the used vehicle until my mechanic has had time to scrutinize it for defects. examine carefully
simile In romantic poetry, a simile was most often used to compare a woman's beauty to one of the wonders of nature. comparison
tangential Our team lost the debate because our responses were tangential and did not respond to our important position on the subject. digressive, irrelevant
treatise She wrote a furious treatise against all the corruption in government. extensive written argument about some topic
Verbose The verbose man took thirty minutes to give me a simple answer. wordy, long-winded
Abstruse While I could understand small the contract, the majority of the legal text was abstruse to me. difficult to understand
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