argument (n.)
cause, reason [for a dispute]
AYL I.ii.268[Le Beau to Orlando] Grounded upon no other argument
H5 IV.i.139[Williams to disguised King Henry, of those who die in a battle] how can they charitably dispose of anything when blood is their argument? [or: sense 4]
Ham IV.iv.54[Hamlet alone] not to stir without great argument
TC I.i.94[Troilus alone] I cannot fight upon this argument [or: sense 5]
TC IV.v.26[Menelaus to all] I had good argument for kissing once
SHAKESPEARE'S WORDS © 2018 DAVID CRYSTAL & BEN CRYSTAL