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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 two-year-old son understood exactly what she wanted him to do.
Cogent
Convincing; reasonable
Christina's argument was so cogent that even her opponents had to agree with her.
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.
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 both 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
Cicero'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 pigsty?" the implication is that you should clean your room.
Lucid
Easily understood; clear
Our teacher does a good job because he provides lucid explanantions of difficult concepts.
Pundit
An authority who expresses his/her opinions
The political pundit has made many predictions, 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 ans lawyers are well versed in the art of rhetoric.