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assertion
a declaration or statement
we could not believe John's assertion that he had never seen Star Wars.
clarity
clearness in thought or expression
Carol spoke with such clarity that her 2 year old understood exactly what she wanted him to do.
cogent
convincing: reasonable
Christina's argument was so cogent that even her oppponents had to agree with her.
cohesive
condition of sticking together
Erik's essay was cohesive because each point flowed nicely into the next point
didactic
intended to instruct
the tapes were entertaining and didactic because they amused and instructed children
discourse
verbal expression or exchange; conversation
Their discourse varied widely;they discussed everything from Chaucer to ice fishing
eloquence
the ability to speak vividly or persuasively
Cicer's eloquence is legendary;his speeches were well-crafted and convincing
emphasize
to give special attention to something, to stress
During English class, our instructor emphasized the importance of learning vocabulary
fluid
easily flowing
The two old friends' conversation was fluid; each of them was able to respond quickly and easily to what the other had to say
implication
the act of suggesting or hinting
When your mother says,"Where were you raised, in a barn?"the implication is that you should close the door.
lucid
easily understood; clear
Our teacher does a good job because he provides lucid explanations of difficult concepts
pundit
an authority who expresses his/her opinions
The politcal pundit has made many preditions, but few of them have come true.
rhetoric
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
coherent
logically connected
The old prospector's story was not coherent; he rambled on about different things that had nothing to do with each other