dis·​qui·​si·​tion | \ ˌdi-skwə-ˈzi-shən How to pronounce disquisition (audio) \

Definition of disquisition

: a formal inquiry into or discussion of a subject : discourse

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Examples of disquisition in a Sentence

a lengthy disquisition on foreign policy Adam Smith's celebrated disquisition on the factors contributing to the wealth of nations.
Recent Examples on the Web Sheila’s criticism of Molly Ringwald in Pretty in Pink ranks with Whit Stillman’s Lady and the Tramp disquisition in The Last Days of Disco. Armond White, National Review, 26 Mar. 2021 In his disquisition, Bannon compared himself to John Adams, then invoked once more the Strauss and Howe schema of historical transformation. Adele M. Stan, The New Republic, 10 Mar. 2021 Chowdhury envisioned the scene—a disquisition of US interests by Wisecarver, followed by a range of options (or lack thereof) presented by the Joint Chiefs, and then formal nuclear authorizations being granted by the president herself. Elliot Ackerman, Wired, 2 Mar. 2021 Castor's moment in the national glare Tuesday, televised from the Senate chamber, was seen as an ambling and at times aimless hour-long disquisition in search of a point. Marc Levy, Star Tribune, 12 Feb. 2021 The father-daughter relationship is often witty, a seduction that never ends, and sometimes exquisitely poignant, but both roles are burdened by a script that falls into disquisition on the larger subject of men and women. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, 1 Oct. 2020 Then Bouza offers a mighty disquisition on poverty and ghettoization that should be inscribed on the walls of every station house in the country. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 1 Aug. 2020 There’s an amusing disquisition on ant life, which thanks to the quirks of scale (among other things) is nothing like our own. Frank Rose, WSJ, 3 Mar. 2020 In Lucretius, the two are joined: his philosophical disquisition on atoms, pleasure, and the plague takes the form of a poem, a song to be sung. Stephen Greenblatt, The New Yorker, 16 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of disquisition

1640, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for disquisition

Latin disquisition-, disquisitio, from disquirere to investigate, from dis- + quaerere to seek

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“Disquisition.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disquisition. Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of disquisition

formal : a long speech or written report on a subject

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