- to enlarge in discourse or writing; be copious in description or discussion: to expatiate upon a theme.
- Archaic. to move or wander about intellectually, imaginatively, etc., without restraint.
Origin of expatiate
Related Words for expatiationlecture, elaboration, dissertation, homily, exhortation, harangue, descant, recitation, declamation, spiel, discourse, allocution, oration, monologue, epilogue, sermon, disquisition, screed, peroration, expatiation
Examples from the Web for expatiation
Historical Examples of expatiation
However Andy Hayes was not given to digression or to expatiation.Second String
His field is illimitable; his expatiation in it is practically untrammelled.Matthew Arnold
His brother-in-law paused in the middle of an expatiation on the business opportunities of the neighborhood.Martin Eden
Gower Woodseer's engagement with the girl Madge was a happier subject for expatiation and agreement.The Amazing Marriage, Complete
For example, the card called Fortitude is an opportunity for expatiation on will as the secret of strength.The Illustrated Key to the Tarot
L. W. de Laurence
- (foll by on or upon) to enlarge (on a theme, topic, etc) at length or in detail; elaborate (on)
- rare to wander about
Word Origin for expatiate
Word Origin and History for expatiation
1530s, "walk about, roam freely," from Latin expatiatus/exspatiatus, past participle of expatiari/exspatiari "wander, digress," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + spatiari "to walk, spread out," from spatium (see space). Meaning "talk or write at length" is 1610s. Related: Expatiated; expatiating.