Mawson, C.O.S., ed. (18701938). Rogets International Thesaurus. 1922.
Class IV. Words Relating to the Intellectual Faculties Division (II) Communication of Ideas
Section III. Means of Communicating Ideas
3. Written Language
NOUN: DISSERTATION, treatise, essay; thesis, theme; tract, tractate, tractation [ obs.]; discourse, memoir, disquisition, lecture, sermon, homily, pandect, digest; excursus.
investigation ( inquiry) [See Inquiry]; study ( consideration) [See Thought]; discussion ( reasoning) [See Reasoning]; exposition ( explanation) [See Interpretation]. COMMENTARY, commentation, review, critique, criticism, article; leader, leading article; editorial; running commentary.
COMMENTATOR, critic, essayist, pamphleteer, publicist, reviewer, leader writer, editor, annotator.
VERB: COMMENT, explain, interpret, criticize, illuminate; dissert [ rare] -, descant -, write -, touch- upon a subject; treat of -, take up -, ventilate -, discuss -, deal with -, go into -, canvass -, handle -, do justice to- a subject; show the true inwardness of.
ADJECTIVE: DISQUISITIONAL, disquisitive, disquisitionary [ rare]; expository, commentarial, commentatorial, critical.
DISCURSIVE, discoursive, digressive, desultory.