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.

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My party-talk includes a long disquisition on Sir Alec Issigonis and the enduring awesomeness of the original Mini (1959), a car whose packaging (front-transverse engine, front drive) set the template for generations of cheap, fuel-efficient cars. Dan Neil, WSJ, "2019 Mini Cooper Countryman PHEV: Worthwhile Drive, Worthless Battery," 18 Oct. 2018 About halfway through the Tiffany Tumbles video, viewers get an extended disquisition about the unique contours of transgender sexuality. Katherine Cross, The Verge, "The Oscar Wilde of YouTube fights the alt-right with decadence and seduction," 24 Aug. 2018 But the interplay here too often feels self-conscious, as if the characters themselves have been transformed into Cyranoids for a playwright’s intellectual and political disquisitions. Kerry Reid, chicagotribune.com, "First Floor's 'Refrigerator' aims big with dystopian sci-fi story of the IceBox," 21 May 2018 Seven chapters and an interlude are arranged thematically, from an account of Fridtjof Nansen’s 1895 farthest-north record in the Arctic to a speculative disquisition on the future of adventure. Sara Wheeler, WSJ, "‘Limits of the Known’ Review: What Is Left to Be Conquered," 2 Mar. 2018 Obama's bare arms were in keeping with contemporary fashion, but their particularly lean musculature also served as a silent disquisition on the subject of physical fitness, one of her early East Wing initiatives. Robin Givhan | The Washington Post, Houston Chronicle, "For Melania Trump, 2017 was the year of the sleeve," 3 Jan. 2018 There followed an inane and rambling disquisition on how Russia installed Trump as president. Gregory Krieg, CNN, "Weirder than the aliens: Trump's America in 2017," 21 Dec. 2017 There is also his disquisition on making out with, then negging, Scarlett Johansson one night at erstwhile New York hotspot Bungalow 8. Jack Dickey, SI.com, "Sean Avery Falls Short of Fearless Truth-Teller Reputation in 'Ice Capades'," 24 Oct. 2017 Much of the book’s power lies in Nathan’s bitter retrospective disquisitions on the Swede. Stephen Holden, New York Times, "Review: ‘American Pastoral,’ Philip Roth’s Fiery 1960s at Low Heat," 20 Oct. 2016

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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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English Language Learners Definition of disquisition

formal : a long speech or written report on a subject

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