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[tree-tis] /ˈtri tɪs/
a formal and systematic exposition in writing of the principles of a subject, generally longer and more detailed than an essay.
Origin of treatise
1300-50; Middle English tretis < Anglo-French tretiz, akin to Old French traitier to treat Unabridged
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  • No, this is primarily a moral treatise, not a book about education.
  • In other words, it is as literature and not as a scientific treatise that ideal commonwealths should be considered.
  • No mere dry treatise, the film endeavors to convey the fun and enjoyment of photography to the uninitiated.
British Dictionary definitions for treatise


a formal work on a subject, esp one that deals systematically with its principles and conclusions
an obsolete word for narrative
Word Origin
C14: from Anglo-French tretiz, from Old French tretier to treat
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Word Origin and History for treatise

c.1300, from Anglo-French tretiz (mid-13c.), contracted from Old French traiteiz, from Gallo-Romance *tractaticius, from Latin tractare "to deal with" (see treat).

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