Definition of disquisition in English:



  • A long or elaborate essay or discussion on a particular subject.

    ‘nothing can kill a radio show quicker than a disquisition on intertextual analysis’
    • ‘Enthusiastically, I launched into a disquisition on how useful they were for marking out trails when hiking… until I realised that I was getting a very funny look.’
    • ‘In response, I will occasionally launch into a disquisition about Kuhn and Lakatos, but more often I give the following answer.’
    • ‘Sparely and tautly written, this brilliant memoir of a daughter's longing for an elusive mother is a gripping read, but also something much more: a powerful disquisition on family life, full of hurts and love.’
    • ‘He has produced a book chock-full of affecting vignettes, and that rarest of treats - an informed disquisition about public policy wrapped up in a fascinating narrative.’
    • ‘So, on abortion, look for endless disquisitions on the grassiness of the anti-choice roots, the elitism of pro-choicers and the general tedium of the abortion issue.’
    • ‘The owner, who looks like a playboy footballer, keeps guests entertained with a succession of anecdotes, culinary disquisitions and impromptu bursts of song.’
    • ‘The article in question is a learned disquisition upon the art of binding books - and other objects - in human skin.’
    • ‘Burke had an unrivalled gift for portraying the wider significance of the issues of the day in terms of general principles, and as a result many of his speeches contain disquisitions on political philosophy.’
    • ‘Others are more substantial, including a long disquisition in Spanish addressed to President Fox and attached to a house on the highway.’
    • ‘We find textbooks, readers, grammars; learned articles on scientific subjects; disquisitions on culture and public policy; even an ambitious early novel-all still virtually unknown today.’
    • ‘An oblique allegory of violence, this painting is also a disquisition on how history impinges on the present, or fails to.’
    • ‘So in acknowledging that this book does include disquisitions on books and writers who may be unfamiliar to some readers, I also hope they will stimulate interest in further exploration.’
    • ‘Otherwise a disquisition on the subject will appear to be elusive and simply beyond our ken.’
    • ‘All of them could have offered convenient launching pads for wise disquisitions infused with the wisdom of hindsight.’
    • ‘I'm thinking especially of the photographs that accompany Austerlitz's architectural disquisitions.’
    • ‘The reader who opens his Aristotle and expects to find a systematic disquisition on some philosophical subject or an orderly textbook of scientific instruction, will be brought up short: Aristotle's treatises are not like that.’
    • ‘Some may find that Smith's heavy accent makes Andrey's disquisitions hard to follow, but her intense focus and gift for characterization carry her through.’
    • ‘There are no pretentious disquisitions on the supposed post-modernist significance of trashy TV game shows.’
    • ‘And it is easy to find lengthy disquisitions from Macaulay, Churchill, Smuts, and the like to this effect.’
    • ‘Though this seems on its face to be a disquisition on religion and faith, it is of course an argument about power, and its influence on truth.’
    essay, dissertation, treatise, paper, discourse, tract, monograph, study, article
    discussion, lecture, address, presentation, speech, talk, monologue
    analysis, commentary, review, critique
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Late 15th century: via French from Latin disquisitio(n-) investigation based on quaerere seek The original sense was topic for investigation whence discourse in which a subject is investigated (mid 17th century).