trea·​tise | \ˈtrē-təs 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

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But the surreal comedy, which stars Donald Glover as Earn Marks, the manager and cousin of a rapper named Paper Boi (Brian Tyree Henry), and Stanfield as their offbeat friend, has become a genre-defying treatise on all aspects of black life. Clover Hope, Glamour, "Lakeith Stanfield Is a New Kind of Leading Man," 11 Sep. 2018 William Godwin’s 1793 treatise, An Enquiry Concerning Political Justice, is hailed as a classic of antistate, proto-anarchist thought. Kim Kelly, Teen Vogue, "Anarchy: What It Is and Why Pop Culture Loves It," 7 Sep. 2018 Lee has something of a philosophical treatise on authenticity. Alan Goldfarb, The Verge, "Artificial whiskey is coming, and one company is betting you’ll drink up," 23 Aug. 2018 The treatise is one of the great meditations on the meaning of life in all its vicissitudes. Amanda Foreman, WSJ, "Literature Behind Bars," 12 July 2018 The document wasn’t so much a tactical or technical treatise as a charter for his program. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "Uruguay: Soccer’s Dead Poets Society," 29 June 2018 To wit, Gucci designer Alessandro Michele opened Milan Fashion Week on Wednesday with a men's and women's runway show that was one part philosophical treatise, one part West Hollywood Halloween parade. Booth Moore, The Hollywood Reporter, "Milan Fashion Week: At Gucci, Outrageousness is the Message, while Moschino Says “It Takes All Colors”," 21 Feb. 2018 On Instagram, Moratti posted the picture of his tee alongside a treatise on the positive impacts of music. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Redemption Takes on Rock 'n' Roll at Its Parisian Couture Show," 9 July 2018 At first, the series seems less a treatise against corrosive changes in Swedish society than a darkly funny and melancholy meditation on the absurdity of Swedish bureaucracy. Alice Bolin, Longreads, "The Daughter as Detective," 26 June 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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