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Definition a scholarly, lengthy paper written to explore a specific topic
  • She still has to publish a treatise to earn her PhD.
  • I'm reading Hume's "A Treatise of Human Nature".
  • In my mind's eye, I saw Jesus, with Colton on his lap, brushing past all the seminary degrees, knocking down theological treatises stacked high as skyscrapers, and boiling down fancy words like propitiation and soteriology to something a child could understand: "I had to die on the cross so that people on earth could come see my Dad."
    Todd Burpo  --  Heaven Is for Real
  • treatises = scholarly, lengthy papers — each written to explore a specific topic
  • A Treatise On Smerdyakov "To begin with, what was the source of this suspicion?"
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • Grail Allegory in Medieval Literature: A Treatise on Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • A virtual library of treatises on the Rwandan genocide has been published, and a relative handful on Burundi.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • Paying but little heed to the demands of his constituents, he exhausted all available treatises on both sides of the controversy.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • The good of the treatise is thoroughly discussed in your history books.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • Senator Trueba would say whenever he saw little Alba sitting on the balcony reading the medical treatises her Uncle Jaime lent her.
    Isabel Allende  --  The House of Spirits
  • "You talk like a treatise on logic, and English logic into the bargain!" exclaimed Madame de Bellegarde.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • He was reading a long Talmudic treatise on obedience.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • 'A Short Treatise on the Evolution of Yaks'?
    Rick Riordan  --  The Red Pyramid
  • Of the third, sixty thousand words seems rather a lot with which to surround a tiny treatise on male sexuality.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • I have gone through so much in the last few hours that I feel capable of writing a whole treatise on the conduct of life for the instruction of posterity.
    Anton Chekhov  --  Uncle Vanya
  • Now it seems the doctor is going to publish a treatise in favor of Governor Andros and the new government, and John just couldn't stomach it any longer.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • Diagramma was Galileo's most secretive work-supposedly some sort of treatise on scientific facts he held to be true but was not allowed to share.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • With this view they published a series of articles in the shape of a journal, which now form a complete treatise.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • At the other end of the table were various histories, theoretical treatises and practical handbooks on landscape gardening.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • And Nikolai Petrovitch pulled the famous treatise of Buchner, in the ninth edition, out of his coat-tail pocket.
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • It would serve no purpose, for instance, to write a philosophic treatise on the existence of a particular soap bubble.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie's World

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