disquisition :

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  • n  an elaborate analytical or explanatory essay or discussion

  • Obama wanders into a casual disquisition about the sluggish nature of democracy.
  • In the middle of a disquisition on libertarianism, Huckabee pauses to praise the musician Cher for tours that are "an amazing blend of rock concert, circus and fashion show.
  • Wolf Blitzer had crashed through Bill Richardson's blowsy, high-minded disquisition on the need to observe human rights in Pakistan, with the question, "What you're saying .
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  • A hodgepodge of a column
    A second look at a recent column, a vacation note and a lengthy disquisition on a topic of keen interest to some        
    July 8, 2013 - Salon.com

  • John Keats in GC Advocate
    One December day in 1817, John Keats wrote to his brother the following: "I had not a dispute but a disquisition: on various subjects; several things dovetailed in my mind, & at once it struck me, what quality went to form a Man of Achievement...
  • George Washington in Huffington Post (blog)
    As Mohammed continued questioning Kohlmann, in what the Washington Post described as a "sometimes rambling disquisition," he was "frequently unsatisfied," as Josh Meyer described it in the Los Angeles Times, "and hit Kohlmann with a barrage...
  • Cokie Roberts in Boston Globe (registration)
    Roberts warns that her book is not meant to be "a disquisition on 18th-century life," and that by definition the women she highlights led distinctly "elite" lives.

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