What does the word disquisition mean?

Usage examples for disquisition

  1. There is the same superabundance of allegory; the same confusion of spirit and matter among the supernatural persons; the same lengthy astronomical treatise; the same personification of Sin and Death; the same medley of Christian and pagan mythology; the same tedious historico- theological disquisition at the end of both poems. – Old Calabria by Norman Douglas
  2. " Oh," said Odalie, in a casual tone and with a slight shrug of the shoulders, not relishing the intrusive turn of the disquisition, " a souvenir, perhaps, from the colonies or over seas." – The Story of Old Fort Loudon by Charles Egbert Craddock
  3. She did not feel so much afraid of the silence, now that Arthur seemed entering upon a disquisition. – Trumps by George William Curtis