disquisition

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n disquisition an elaborate analytical or explanatory essay or discussion
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Disquisition A formal or systematic inquiry into, or discussion of, any subject; a full examination or investigation of a matter, with the arguments and facts bearing upon it; elaborate essay; dissertation. "For accurate research or grave disquisition he was not well qualified."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n disquisition A seeking; search; investigation.
    • n disquisition A formal or systematic inquiry into or investigation of some problem or topic; a formal discussion or treatise; a dissertation; an essay: as, a disquisition on government or morals.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Disquisition dis-kwi-zish′un a careful inquiry into any matter by arguments, &c.: an essay
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. disquisitio, fr. disquirere, to inquire diligently, investigate; dis-, + quaerere, to seek. See Quest
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. disquisitiodisquirĕre, disquisitumdis, inten., quærĕre, to seek.

Usage

In literature:

Why mention our disquisitions on the Social Contract, on the Standard of Taste, on the Migrations of the Herring?
"Sartor Resartus, and On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and the Heroic in History" by Thomas Carlyle
He has none of the defining disquisitions that are born of the closet.
"Museum of Antiquity" by L. W. Yaggy
There are obvious reasons why this portion of the poem should consist as largely as it does of these subtle disquisitions.
"Dante: His Times and His Work" by Arthur John Butler
When Maitre Henri Robart began a disquisition on the facts, I left.
"Messengers of Evil" by Pierre Souvestre
But in the moral education of children, and also in the disquisitions of adults upon morality, mistakes are made.
"The Sexual Life of the Child" by Albert Moll
Why even did he not continue his disquisition on the philosophic value of allusiveness?
"The Belovéd Vagabond" by William J. Locke
But the law permits of no refined metaphysical disquisitions.
"Practical Education, Volume I" by Maria Edgeworth
Mr. Lincoln again publishes a disquisition, and points to the signs of the times.
"Diary from March 4, 1861, to November 12, 1862" by Adam Gurowski
His sermon might properly be entitled a 'Disquisition upon the Universe.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 4, No. 2, August, 1863" by Various
Then there are very ill-timed interruptions, and wearisome disquisitions, just where they should not be.
"Blackwoods Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 59, No. 366, April, 1846" by Various
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In poetry:

Also a learned mathematician,
Fair Albion's boast and pride:
With the fruit of laborious disquisition
Posterity he supplied.
"Enigma XXXIV." by Elizabeth Hitchener

In news:

Jay Baruchel might be the most knowledgeable hockey fan in the movie business, a guy who when you bring up his beloved Canadiens thanks you for asking, then launches into a disquisition about the team's history and current roster.
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