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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 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, "‘Not to Scale’ Review: Both Ends of the Telescope," 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, "Invisible Bullets: What Lucretius Taught Us About Pandemics," 16 Mar. 2020 The prose is no longer a formal disquisition of the self but becomes a forceful assertion of control: a chef in her own kitchen, a woman who knows how to find the answers. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, "“Burn the Place” Is a Thrilling, Disquieting Memoir of Addiction and Coming of Age," 15 Oct. 2019 This is the sort of drama where even the thugs serve up disquisitions on Tiananmen Square and the historical uses of power along with their beat downs. James Poniewozik, New York Times, "Review: ‘Devs’ Is a Cold and Beautiful Machine," 4 Mar. 2020 But his superb skill at singing tones and eloquent disquisition won out. Washington Post, "National Symphony Orchestra considers the one and the many in program of Grieg, Dvorak and Nielsen," 7 Feb. 2020 Yet upon hearing my disquisition on open borders, many of my peers look at me with deep concern. WSJ, "Open Borders, Affirmative Action, the Framers and the Neocons," 28 Jan. 2020 So don’t expect a disquisition on death and dishonor. Michael O'sullivan, Twin Cities, "‘The Lion King’ feels way more like ‘Hamlet’ this time — and that’s why it’s so good," 18 July 2019 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

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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 7 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of disquisition

formal : a long speech or written report on a subject

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