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v. ar·gued, ar·gu·ing, ar·gues
1. To put forth reasons for or against; debate: "It is time to stop arguing tax-rate reductions and to enact them" (Paul Craig Roberts).
2. To attempt to prove by reasoning; maintain or contend: The speaker argued that more immigrants should be admitted to the country.
3. To give evidence of; indicate: "Similarities cannot always be used to argue descent" (Isaac Asimov).
4. To persuade or influence (another), as by presenting reasons: argued the clerk into lowering the price.
1. To put forth reasons for or against something: argued for dismissal of the case; argued against an immediate counterattack.
2. To engage in a quarrel; dispute: We need to stop arguing and engage in constructive dialogue.

[Middle English arguen, from Old French arguer, from Latin argūtāre, to babble, chatter, frequentative of arguere, to make clear; see arg- in Indo-European roots.]

ar′gu·er n.
Synonyms: argue, quarrel1, wrangle, squabble, bicker
These verbs denote verbal exchange involving disagreement or conflict. To argue is to present reasons or facts in order to persuade someone of something: "I am not arguing with you—I am telling you" (James McNeill Whistler).
It is also often used of more heated exchanges: The couple argued for hours over who was at fault.
Quarrel denotes angry, often ongoing conflict: The band quarreled with their manager over money.
It can also refer to continuing disputes of a public or professional nature: "Experts still quarrel about the ultimate cause of Alzheimer's [disease]" (Geoffrey Cowley).
Wrangle refers to loud, contentious argument: "audiences ... who can be overheard wrangling about film facts in restaurants and coffee houses" (Sheila Benson).
Squabble and bicker both suggest sharp, persistent, bad-tempered infighting, often of a petty nature: "A nobility of warriors ... they squabbled endlessly on political matters, resolving the problems of dynastic succession with one bloodbath after another" (Carlos Fuentes). The senators bickered about adjustments to the tax proposal for weeks. See Also Synonyms at discuss.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.arguer - someone who engages in debatearguer - someone who engages in debate  
controversialist, disputant, eristic - a person who disputes; who is good at or enjoys controversy
devil's advocate - someone who takes the worse side just for the sake of argument
confuter, disprover, rebutter, refuter - a debater who refutes or disproves by offering contrary evidence or argument
wrangler - someone who argues noisily or angrily


(= quarreller)streitsüchtiger Mensch, Streithammel m (inf)
(= reasoner)logisch argumentierender Mensch; to be a logical arguerlogisch argumentieren (können)
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While attacking someone's argument, we mostly attack the arguer and we don't even realize this.
An arguer starts with the solution, then sorts through the data, discarding anything that doesn't support the conclusion.
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As Jens Kjeldsen has suggested (2007, and in this issue), the meaning of any argument must be understood as a function of the interaction between the arguer and the audience in which it is embedded.
Assuming one understands the distinction between participating in argumentation and pretending to do so or being forced to mouth or write down certain words, one cannot conceive of a case of argumentation in which an arguer lacks the self-controlled capabilities that distinguish a human natural person from a nonperson (e.
What is more, in this case, of course is used in the acknowledgment (X') which is not the main point that the arguer is trying to make.
Bill Ball undermines his case by trying to undermine the arguer, not the argument, with his claim that '"renewable energy professionals' have their noses in the subsidy trough".
Chapter 1 overviews the qualities and role of the public intellectual who used Enlightenment standards of reasoned argument to assume a neutral, or objective, arguer ("de-converted" stance in Joeckel's term) who used logical discourse to carefully move through an argument and that by doing so, the argument could be acceded on solely rational grounds.
Users of this model are invited, for instance, to consider in what context the arguments of an arguer they are reading or responding to make sense.