Synonyms and Antonyms of argument
an often noisy or angry expression of differing opinions
- They settled an argument that started in class.
altercation, battle royal, bicker, brawl, controversy, cross fire, disagreement, dispute, donnybrook, falling-out, fight, hassle, imbroglio, misunderstanding, quarrel, rhubarb, row, scrap, spat, squabble, tiff, wrangle
clash, run-in, skirmish, tangle, tussle
attack, contention, dissension (also dissention)
debate, difference, disputation
fuss, objection, protest, protestation
fisticuffs, fracas, fray, free-for-all, melee (also mêlée)
a statement given to explain a belief or act
- He gave a solid argument for the redeeming value of the shockingly violent movie.
alibi, apologia, apology, defense, excuse, justification, vindication
guise, pretense (or pretence), pretext, rationalization
an exchange of views for the purpose of exploring a subject or deciding an issue
- The president of the Senate has allotted a week for the argument of the treaty.
argumentation, back-and-forth, colloquy, confab, confabulation, conference, consult, consultation, council, counsel, debate, deliberation, dialogue (also dialog), discussion, give-and-take, palaver, parley, talk
bull session, chat room, forum, meeting, powwow, roundtable, seminar, skull session (also skull practice), symposium, talkathon
chat, conversation, rap, words
bargaining, consultancy, negotiation, pourparler
an idea or opinion that is put forth in a discussion or debate
- It's my argument that we have too many problems here on earth to concern ourselves with manned trips to Mars.
conjecture, guess, hunch, hypothesis, speculation, surmise, theory
assumption, presupposition, supposition
case, explanation, rationale, reason