trea·​tise | \ ˈtrē-təs How to pronounce treatise (audio) also -təz \

Definition of treatise

1 : a systematic exposition or argument in writing including a methodical discussion of the facts and principles involved and conclusions reached a treatise on higher education
2 obsolete : account, tale

Examples of treatise in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In India, an opinion from the Delhi High Court refused to criminalize spousal rape, upholding a legal exception that Hale had codified in a treatise in the 1600s. New York Times, 19 May 2022 The phenomenon has been documented since classical antiquity (Aristotle himself mentioned the phenomena in his 350 B.C. treatise, On Dreams), with interest steadily increasing over time. Aliza Kelly, Allure, 23 Mar. 2022 Philpott brings her own special blend of dread and hope to this treatise on the fragility of life. Washington Post, 11 Apr. 2022 In a time of division in the church, a technical treatise on such a delicate matter might not have been the best way to go. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 5 Apr. 2022 The authors used recipes for green earth tempera paints recorded in the treatise Il libro dell'arte by a 14th-century Italian painter named Cennino Cennini. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 3 Dec. 2021 But the cast is majority-male, and the introductory installment begins with a faux-tweedy treatise on the softer side of Black masculinity. Washington Post, 17 Jan. 2022 Germany’s top finisher is a psychological thriller, and a chess treatise from Latvia has been translated at east 8 times. Brandon Schultz, Forbes, 27 Dec. 2021 In his treatise De architectura (circa 30 CE), the Roman architect and engineer Vitruvius wrote about how to build concrete walls for funerary structures that could endure for a long time without falling into ruins. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 17 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of treatise

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for treatise

Middle English tretis, from Anglo-French tretiz, alteration of tretez, traitet, from Medieval Latin tractatus, from Latin tractare to treat, handle

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“Treatise.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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