SENIOR ARGUMENT PARAGRAPH VOCABULARY argument (n.) A discussion in which people express different opinions about something In an argument it is important that both sides respect the others’ opinions even if neither agrees with the other. claim (n.) An assertion in the face of possible contradiction Although I claimed that Wicked is the best musical on Broadway. counterclaim (n.) An opposing claim; especially : a claim brought by a defendant against a plaintiff in a legal action My husband disagreed offering the counterclaim that The Amazing Spiderman is better. data (n.) Factual information (as measurements or statistics) used as a basis for reasoning, discussion, or calculation Without data to support your claim, you are only offering an opinion. desecrate (v.) To treat disrespectfully, irreverently, or outrageously In this picture, someone is desecrating the American flag by walking on it. enervate (adj.) To lessen the vitality or strength of; lacking physical, mental, or moral vigor inclination ( n.) A feeling of wanting to do something : a tendency to do something This child clearly has an inclination to partake in fast food. innovation (n.) The act or process of introducing new ideas, devices, or methods Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison, and Leonardo da Vinci are all famous for the innovations that they introduced to the world. rebuttal (n.) The act of contradicting or opposing by formal legal argument, plea, or countervailing proof Pee-Wee Herman’s rebuttal is not the most mature response. warrant (n.) A reason for thinking, deciding, or doing something In an argument, you must provide a warrant to explain why your data supports your claim.