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disquisition

a formal written or oral examination of a subject
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On the other hand, I compared the disquisitions of the ancient moralists to very towering and magnificent palaces with no better foundation than sand and mud: they laud the virtues very highly, and exhibit them as estimable far above anything on earth; but they give us no adequate criterion of virtue, and frequently that which they designate with so fine a name is but apathy, or pride, or despair, or parricide.
The many excellent friends I have made, since my arrival in this hemisphere, has bound my heart to them to all eternity; and I will now proceed with my philosophical and profound disquisitions on what I have seen, with a perfect confidence that I shall receive credit, and an independence of opinion that is much too dear to me to consent to place it in question.
In the morning he had a spin in the ice-boat with his hostess and a few of the hardier guests; in the afternoon he "went over the farm" with Reggie, and listened, in the elaborately appointed stables, to long and impressive disquisitions on the horse; after tea he talked in a corner of the firelit hall with a young lady who had professed herself broken-hearted when his engagement was announced, but was now eager to tell him of her own matrimonial hopes; and finally, about midnight, he assisted in putting a gold-fish in one visitor's bed, dressed up a burglar in the bath-room of a nervous aunt, and saw in the small hours by joining in a pillow-fight that ranged from the nurseries to the basement.
The disquisitions upon death and suicide were calculated to fill me with wonder.
Euphues' means 'the well-bred man,' and though there is a slight action, the work is mainly a series of moralizing disquisitions (mostly rearranged from Sir Thomas North's translation of 'The Dial of Princes' of the Spaniard Guevara) on love, religion, and conduct.
A Primer of Mathematical Writing: Being a Disquisition on Having Your Ideas Recorded, Typeset, Published, Read, and Appreciated, 2nd Edition
This disquisition virtually closes the door for the Supreme Court to fully review the sufficiency of the factual basis of the President's exercise of extreme emergency powers,' he added.
Gaining full understanding, she ends with an inspired disquisition on the British Empire, that nicely defines its evolving and layered character.
Seemingly irrelevant asides such as the disquisition on the difference between Jindo and Shinto (on pages 2935) as well as the entirety of chapter 6--a gallery of people in mourning-- make the book longer than necessary.
This noirish, playful, London-set psychological thriller begins as an unidentified object falls from the sky, squashing Tom Sturridge's protag like a bug, and providing the starting point for a brisk but esoteric disquisition on identity and trauma.
In that disquisition, I presented the multifoliate ways that the sounds SH, AY, EE, EYE, OH, and OO can be written.
Such disquisition one does not encounter, of course, in the nineteenth-century articles Aileen Friesen makes available by Fathers Papshev and Golushubin about their proselytizing activity in Siberia.