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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That the translation, despite its numerous infirmities, was indeed of Vatsyayana’s 1,600-year-old disquisition was not doubted. Manu S Pillai, Quartz India, "When a British official dodged Victorian prudery to publish the Kamasutra in English," 27 June 2019 The former is a beardo who frequently wraps his musical disquisitions in irony, but deep down is an earnest singer-songwriter thirsty to be heard. Dan Deluca, https://www.inquirer.com, "The summer’s biggest concerts in Philadelphia, from the Rolling Stones to Made in America," 5 June 2019 Those first 10 pages begin with a child’s fascinating disquisition on the state of Burundian noses. New York Times, "A French-Rwandan Rap Star Turned Novelist From Burundi," 29 May 2018 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

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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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