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  1. a formal and systematic exposition in writing of the principles of a subject, generally longer and more detailed than an essay.
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Origin of treatise

1300–50; Middle English tretis < Anglo-French tretiz, akin to Old French traitier to treat
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Related Words for treatises

essay, dissertation, pamphlet, discourse, thesis, commentary, memoir, monograph, script, review, work, argument, writing, book, paper, exposition, disquisition, tract, composition, discussion

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Historical Examples of treatises

  • And have you not also met with the treatises of philosophers who say that like must love like?



  • Read on this subject the learned reply of Father Balthus to the treatises of MM.

    The Phantom World

    Augustin Calmet

  • Altogether there are some dozen treatises from these three men on chemical subjects.

  • Altogether he wrote some eighteen treatises on chemical subjects.

  • Then there were treatises on grammar, on orthography, and a series of works on mathematics.

British Dictionary definitions for treatises


  1. a formal work on a subject, esp one that deals systematically with its principles and conclusions
  2. an obsolete word for narrative
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Word Origin for treatise

C14: from Anglo-French tretiz, from Old French tretier to treat
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Word Origin and History for treatises



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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