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

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

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In 1883, when the Kamasutra first made its appearance in English, European readers of Vatsyayana’s treatise hadn’t the faintest idea that its publisher—the wordily nomenclatured Hindoo Kama Shastra Society—was, in fact, an entirely nonexistent body. Manu S Pillai, Quartz India, "When a British official dodged Victorian prudery to publish the Kamasutra in English," 27 June 2019 The wine list was virtually a treatise on natural wines, a long document full of the names of eccentric producers and obscure European villages. New York Times, "A Stand-Up Example of Sit-Down Pizza," 4 June 2019 Despite his ambitions, Leonardo never published his treatises. Claudia Kalb, National Geographic, "A 23-year excavation into the life of Leonardo da Vinci," 25 Apr. 2019 The scope of his scholarship was breathtaking: textbooks of Greek and Latin, manuals for pious Christians, political treatises advising kings and rulers, pacifist polemics against the concept of a just war. Eamon Duffy, The New York Review of Books, "The World Split in Two," 18 Apr. 2019 The Schloss was a lark of his grandfather, Johannes Müller, a Protestant theologian and best-selling author of philosophical and spiritual treatises. Alex Halberstadt, Smithsonian, "Why Winter Is the Perfect Time to Visit Bavaria," 24 Jan. 2018 This isn’t a career retrospective or a treatise on the importance and wide influence of Grace Jones. Wesley Morris, New York Times, "Review: ‘Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami’ Finds the Model, Singer, Actress, Person," 12 Apr. 2018 Welcome to Marwen is rushing through its big courtroom speech, the film has become a treatise on using visual effects as a storytelling tool — and possibly accidentally, an exposé on their limits. Jesse Hassenger, The Verge, "Welcome to Marwen is Robert Zemeckis’ most revealing movie — and his worst," 20 Dec. 2018 The recipes and photography are inspirational but not at all intimidating, and while there are new ideas and fun flavor combinations, absent are the 16-page treatises on how to construct a towering croquembouche or make croissants from scratch. Margaux Laskey, The Seattle Times, "Wrap up one of these sweet cookbooks for the home bakers in your life," 11 Dec. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of treatise

: a book, article, etc., that discusses a subject carefully and thoroughly

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