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  • DEFINITION ESSAY ENGL 1301 Professor J.Bouchard
  • Defining a “Definition” Essay: def-i-ni-tion (def e-nish en) n. 1. The act of defining a word, phrase, or term. 2. The act of making clear and distinct. 3. A determining of outline, extent, or limits. When one is defining anything, the goal is to define what a term means and how it differs from other terms in its class. Some terms have definite, concrete meanings, such as glass, book, or tree. Terms such as honesty, honor, or love are abstract and depend
  •  Remember, the nice thing about this type of essay is that no one has the same opinions. We all have our own way of viewing or understanding something.
  • Three steps to effectivedefinition: Tell readers what term is being defined. Present clear and basic information. Use facts, examples, or anecdotes that readers will understand.
  • Planning a Thesis statement Then the writer must present information that will clearly show what the writer intends as a definition. The thesis should do more than simply identify the term; your thesis needs to make a larger statement. It should have a complex meaning. Should be disputable, i.e. could mean different things to different people. No one wants to read a paper on something overly obvious. It wouldnt be wise to choose a word like "cat" for a definition essay. The word, "cat" has a pretty simple meaning, so well have trouble writing an entire essay about it. Similarly, not many people disagree over the definition of the word "cat," which means our definition will
  • Continue: Pre-Writing Making a “group list” for your topic.  Example: What makes a good friend?  LOYALTY  SAME SIZE, THEREFORE SHARING OF CLOTHES  MUST LIKE CATS  BRUSHES TEETH 4 TIMES A DAY  Making sure your topic/thesis says something of purpose.  I.E. The term “bitch” is traditionally a negative term which often times is used to describe a woman; though, this term did not always have this meaning. While this word is negative to many, understanding the history may prevent individuals from using this word as slang.
  • System Check: Ask yourself these questions; our topic is “family.” Does it have a complex meaning? Is the word disputable? Could I discuss the words origin in a meaningful way?
  • Style choices: Analysis or Exemplification: Divide the subject into parts and define each part separately. Classification: According to dictionary definitions, what classes does the subject belong to? Comparison: The unfamiliar may be defined by showing its likeness to the familiar or its difference from it. It’s easy to make things relate. Description: What are the physical characteristics, traditional thoughts, and other distinguishing attributes that describe the subject of the paper? Origins and Causes: Where did the subject come from? What is the background information? What is the history of the subject? Results, Effects, and Uses: Discuss the consequences and uses of the subject.
  • Structuring a Definition Essay: As always, your essay will have: an introduction(with a thesis), body paragraphs, and a conclusion (to sum up your points and tie everything together). The main difference is that you are defining something as a way to reflect your attitude towards your subject. Lastly, you can certainly use visuals for your readers if you feel it is necessary.