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(n) a declaration or statement

We could not believe John's ___ that he had never seen Star Wars.
assertion
(n) clearness in thought or expression

Carol spoke with such ___ that her two-year-old son understands exactly what she wanted him to do.
clarity
(adj) convincing; reasonable

Christina's argument was so ___ that even her opponents had to agree with her
cogent
(adj) logically connected

the old prospector's story was not ____; he rambled on about different things that had nothing to do with each other.
coherent
(adj) condition of sticking together

Erik's essay was ___ because each point flowed nicely into the next point.
cohesive
(adj) intended to instruct

The tapes were entertaining and ___ because they both amused and instructed children.
didactic
(n) verbal expression or exchange; conversation

Their ___ varied widely; they discussed everything from Chaucer to ice fishing.
discourse
(n) the ability to speak vividly or persuasively

Cicero's ___ is legendary; his speeches were well-crafted and convincing.
eloquence
(v) to give special attention to something; to stress

During English class, our instructor ___ the importance of learning vocabulary.
emphasize
(adj) easily flowing

The two old friends' conversation was ___; each of them was able to respond quickly and easily to what the other had to say.
fluid
(n) the act of suggesting or hinting

When your mother says, "Where were you raised, in a pigsty?" the ____ is that you should clean your room.
implication
(adj) easily understood

Our teacher does a good job because he provides ___ explanations of difficult concepts
lucid
(n) an aouthority who expresses his/her opinions

The political ___ had made many predictions, but few of them have come true.
pundit
(n) the art of using language effectively and persuasively

Since they are expected to make speeches, most politicians and lawyers are well versed in the art of ___.
rhetoric