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Argumentativeness

Absolute, Sir Anthony
warm-hearted but testy; always blames others. [Br. Drama.: The Rivals]
Caterpillar
peevishly disputes with Alice. [Br. Lit.: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland]
Lessways, Hilda
husband Edwin could never agree with her. [Br. Lit.: The Clayhanger Trilogy]
Naggleton, Mr. and Mrs
. contentious and fault finding couple. [Br. Lit.: Punch, 1864–1865; Brewer Handbook, 742]
References in classic literature ?
This priest I was able to find, and though he proved a very argumentative fellow, who took it absurdly amiss that I should point out to him the corrosive effect which modern science must have upon his beliefs, he none the less gave me some positive information.
Snagsby, which he always offers with a sort of argumentative frankness, "hard up
Sometimes these reminiscences lead to an argument; for it has been the fate of my life to become attached to argumentative persons.
The counsel were eloquent, argumentative, and vindictively abusive of each other, as was characteristic and proper.
What an argumentative fellow you are, Monsieur Pierre
Brooke on this occasion abstained from boasting of his tactics to Ladislaw, who for his part was glad enough to persuade himself that he had no concern with any canvassing except the purely argumentative sort, and that he worked no meaner engine than knowledge.
For my part," remarked Summerlee in his creaky, argumentative voice, "I can't see why you should attach such importance to the creature being alive.
An argumentative implement formerly much used in persuading
Before Kate had returned any reply, a queer little double knock announced that Miss La Creevy had called to see them; and when Miss La Creevy presented herself, Mrs Nickleby, though strongly disposed to be argumentative on the previous question, forgot all about it in a gush of supposes about the coach she had come by; supposing that the man who drove must have been either the man in the shirt-sleeves or the man with the black eye; that whoever he was, he hadn't found that parasol she left inside last week; that no doubt they had stopped a long while at the Halfway House, coming down; or that perhaps being full, they had come straight on; and, lastly, that they, surely, must have passed Nicholas on the road.
It is Adeimantus who is the respondent in the more argumentative, as Glaucon in the lighter and more imaginative portions of the Dialogue.
A homo is certainly a homo," he said, stretching forth an arm in an argumentative manner; "so far as the animal functions extend, there are the connecting links of harmony, order, conformity, and design, between the whole genus; but there the resemblance ends.
I really wonder, sir,' rejoined the old pupil in an argumentative manner, 'to find you taking a position so untenable.