60 Writing Topics: Extended Definition

Writing Suggestions for a Definition Paragraph, Essay, or Speech

extended definition
How would you define trust?. (Tom Merton/Getty Images)

Simply put, a definition is a statement of the meaning of a word or phrase. An extended definition, however, goes beyond what can be found in a dictionary, offering an expanded analysis and illustration of a concept that may be abstract, controversial, unfamiliar, or frequently misunderstood. (See the model paragraphs and essays linked at the end of this article.)

There's no single method for developing and organizing a paragraph or essay by extended definition.

The 60 concepts listed here can be defined in various ways and from different points of view.

60 Topic Suggestions: Extended Definitions

  1. Trust
  2. Kindness
  3. Sexism
  4. Gumption
  5. Racism
  6. Sportsmanship
  7. Honor
  8. Modesty
  9. Self-assurance
  10. Humility
     
  11. Dedication
  12. Sensitivity
  13. Peace of mind
  14. Respect
  15. Ambition
  16. Right to privacy
  17. Generosity
  18. Laziness
  19. Charisma
  20. Common sense
     
  21. Team player
  22. Maturity
  23. Integrity
  24. Healthy appetite
  25. Frustration
  26. Optimism
  27. Sense of humor
  28. Liberal
  29. Conservative
  30. A good (or bad) teacher or professor
     
  31. Physical fitness
  32. Feminism
  33. A happy marriage
  34. True friendship
  35. Courage
  36. Citizenship
  37. Success
  38. A good (or bad) coach
  39. Intelligence
  40. Personality
     
  41. A good (or bad) roommate
  42. Political correctness
  43. Peer pressure
  44. Leadership
  45. Persistence
  46. Responsibility
  47. Human rights
  48. Sophistication
  49. Self-respect
  50. Heroism
     
  51. Thrift
  52. Sloth
  53. Vanity
  54. Pride
  55. Beauty
  56. Greed
  57. Virtue
  58. Progress
  59. A good (or bad) boss
  60. A good (or bad) parent


Model Paragraphs and Essays: Extended Definitions


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