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

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 Before the boy could continue his disquisition, Pops clocked him with a right hand. David Remnick, The New Yorker, 27 June 2022 That the Russian president delivered a disquisition on Western public discourse on Friday may seem odd at a time when Russia is fighting what some analysts believe to be its bloodiest war since the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in the 1980s. New York Times, 25 Mar. 2022 Dune is a space opera, an allegory for ecological disaster, a disquisition on power—and an unending source of inspiration for all manner of extraliterary pursuits. The Editors, Wired, 28 Sep. 2021 Both the British allergy to hyperbolic disquisition and the American taste for getting right down to cases—not quite the same thing—were alien to him. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 12 Aug. 2021 This coincidence is fantastic because Casanova, Last Love is pointedly set in a lavishly romantic period where Montesquieu’s disquisition would have been popular among its aristocratic characters — at least as filmmakers like to imagine that class. Armond White, National Review, 16 July 2021 Here was a feminist disquisition of old-school proportions: a big fat analysis of how profit and patriarchy conspire to make women feel bad about ourselves, joined with a call to action. Liza Featherstone, The New Republic, 10 June 2021 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 See More

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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 10 Aug. 2022.

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