Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A systematic, usually extensive written discourse on a subject.
  • n. Obsolete A tale or narrative.

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  • n. A formal, usually lengthy, systematic discourse on some subject.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A written composition on a particular subject, in which its principles are discussed or explained; a tract.
  • n. Story; discourse.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Discourse; talk; tale.
  • n. A written composition in which the principles of a particular subject are discussed or explained.
  • n. A treaty.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a formal exposition

Etymologies

Middle English treatis, from Anglo-Norman tretiz, alteration of treteiz, from Vulgar Latin *tractātīcius, from Latin tractātus, past participle of tractāre, to drag about, deal with; see treat.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Ruskin, having formed the pleasant little original design of abolishing the difference between Popery and Protestantism, through the persuasive influence of his own special eloquence, set forth his views upon the matter in a book which he termed a treatise "on the construction of sheepfolds."

    The Book-Hunter A New Edition, with a Memoir of the Author

  • Watin's treatise is included s.v. Peinture, 6: 239 – 57 (plus plates?).

    The Creation of Color in Eighteenth-Century Europe

  • Whatever he should be called, de Massoul's treatise is now a regularly-cited source for information about eighteenth-century painters 'practice.

    The Creation of Color in Eighteenth-Century Europe

  • Their treatise is one of the most detailed of the half dozen or so in my possession and the one which mentions numbers of nineteenth century ganaderos whose names are still fairly common currency today.

    The foundational bull ranches

  • Zimmermann, _Die europaischen Kolonien_, the main German treatise, in 5 vols. (1896-1903), dealing with Spain and Portugal (Vol. I), Great

    A Political and Social History of Modern Europe V.1.

  • Although he calls the treatise in which he addresses himself to this endeavour St. Paul and Protestantism, therein following Renan's phraseology, in the treatise itself he speaks rather of St. Paul and Puritanism; and this he does because here in England Puritanism is the strong and special representation of Protestantism.

    Matthew Arnold

  • Although he calls the treatise in which he addresses himself to this endeavour _St.

    Matthew Arnold

  • The only article which can be called a treatise is the Astronomer Royal's "Gravitation," founded on the method of

    A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume II (of II)

  • This is not a treatise, in other words, but a sketchbook that moves from the personal to the philosophical, evoking Koestenbaum's own humiliations the book ends with a long list of them as well as those of the wider world.

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  • I was so far from having any obligation to the crown, that, on the contrary, Her Majesty issued a proclamation, offering three hundred pounds to any person who would discover the author of a certain short treatise, [3] which the Queen well knew to have been written by me.

    The Prose Works of Jonathan Swift, D.D. — Volume 10 Historical Writings

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