argument (n.)
quarrel, dispute, point of contention
H5 III.i.21[King Henry to all] Fathers that ... / Have in these parts from morn till even fought, / And sheathed their swords for lack of argument [i.e. lack of further opposition]
KJ IV.ii.54[Pembroke to King John, of Arthur] whose restraint / Doth move the murmuring lips of discontent / To break into this dangerous argument [i.e. a dangerous line of questioning]
TC I.i.94[Troilus alone] I cannot fight upon this argument [or: sense 8]
TC II.iii.97[Ulysses to Nestor, of Thersites] he is his argument that has his argument - Achilles [second instance; i.e. Achilles now has Thersites as an ongoing source of quarrelling]
TNK V.i.70[Palamon to his knights] our argument is love
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