Argumentative Writing: List 2

Argumentative writing involves investigating a topic, gathering and evaluating information, establishing a position, and writing about the position in a clear and concise manner. This list of vocabulary reviews the key terms that are essential to the art of argumentation.

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  1. analysis
    literary criticism considering the structure of a text
  2. analyze
    consider in detail in order to discover essential features
  3. synthesize
    combine so as to form a more complex product
  4. inference
    a conclusion you can draw based on known evidence
  5. interpretation
    an explanation that results from making sense of something
  6. fallacy
    a misconception resulting from incorrect reasoning
  7. logical fallacy
    an error in reasoning that undermines an argument
  8. rebuttal
    the speech act of refuting by offering a contrary argument
  9. reason
    an explanation of the cause of some phenomenon
  10. reasoning
    thinking that is organized and logical
  11. deduction
    reasoning from the general to the particular
  12. induction
    reasoning from detailed facts to general principles
  13. generalization
    an idea or conclusion having broad application
  14. hypothetical
    based primarily on surmise rather than adequate evidence
  15. implication
    a meaning that is not expressly stated but can be inferred
  16. implicit
    suggested though not directly expressed
  17. explicit
    precisely and clearly expressed or readily observable
  18. formal
    adhering to traditional standards of correctness
  19. coherence
    logical, orderly, and consistent relation of parts
  20. ambiguity
    unclearness by virtue of having more than one meaning
  21. rhetoric
    using language effectively to please or persuade
  22. pathos
    a style that has the power to evoke feelings
  23. testimonial
    something that serves as evidence
  24. commentary
    a written explanation or criticism or illustration
  25. anecdote
    short account of an incident
Created on August 9, 2022 (updated August 11, 2022)

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