Today's Word "disquisition"

A formal discourse on a subject on

Published in Vocabulary

disquisition \dis-kwuh-ZISH-uhn\ (noun) - A formal discourse on a subject.

"The new book club member was partial to eye-glazing disquisitions on 'new wave' authors from the 1960's."


Disquisition comes from Latin disquisitio, from disquirere, "to inquire into, to investigate," from dis- + quaerere "to seek." It is related to inquire ("to seek into") and exquisite, which describes something that is "sought out" (ex-, "out") because of beauty, delicacy, or perfection.


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