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argument (occurs 78 times in S., of which 18 have the sense ‘debate, discussion’)
1. proof, evidence, Ado II. iii. 254 [242] “no great argument of her folly.”
2. subject of contention or debate H5 III. i. 21 “sheath'd their swords for lack of ,” Mac. II. iii. 127.
3. subject-matter of discourse, theme, subject Ado I. i. 266, 1H4 II. ii. 104 “it would be argument for a week,” II. iv. 314, Sonn. xxxviii. 3, lxxvi. 10
4. summary of the subject-matter of a book Ham. III. ii. 150; fig. contents Tim. II. ii. 188 “If I would . . . try the argument of hearts.”
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  • Cross-references in text-specific dictionaries from this page (6):
    • William Shakespeare, Macbeth, 2.3
    • William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, 3.2
    • William Shakespeare, The First Part of Henry IV, 2.2
    • William Shakespeare, The First Part of Henry IV, 2.4
    • William Shakespeare, Henry V, 3.1
    • William Shakespeare, Sonnets, xxxviii
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