noun \ˈtrē-təs also -təz\

: a book, article, etc., that discusses a subject carefully and thoroughly

Full Definition of TREATISE

:  a systematic exposition or argument in writing including a methodical discussion of the facts and principles involved and conclusions reached <a treatise on higher education>
obsolete :  account, tale

Origin of TREATISE

Middle English tretis, from Anglo-French tretiz, alteration of tretez, traitet, from Medieval Latin tractatus, from Latin tractare to treat, handle
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Literature Terms

apophasis, bathos, bildungsroman, bowdlerize, caesura, coda, doggerel, euphemism, poesy, prosody

Rhymes with TREATISE


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