argument (n.) 3
subject, point, theme, target
AYL III.i.3 [Duke Frederick to Oliver] I should not seek an absent argument / Of my revenge, thou present
KL I.i.215 [France to Lear, of Cordelia] she whom even but now was ... / The argument of your praise
LLL V.i.17 [Holofernes to Nathaniel, of Armado] He draweth out the thread of his verbosity finer than the staple of his argument
LLL V.ii.742 [King to Princess] since love's argument was first on foot
MA II.iii.11 [Benedick alone] I do much wonder that one man [will] ... become the argument of his own scorn
Mac II.iii.117 [Malcolm to Donalbain] Why do we hold our tongues, / That most may claim this argument for ours?
MND III.ii.242 [Helena to Hermia] If you have any pity ... / You would not make me such an argument
R2 I.i.12 [John of Gaunt to King Richard, of Bolingbroke] As near as I could sift him on that argument