synonyms
  • definitions

essay

[ noun es-ey for 1, 2; es-ey, e-sey for 3–5; verb e-sey ]SEE DEFINITION OF essay
  • nounwritten discourse
  • nountry, attempt
  • verbtry, attempt

Synonyms for essay

  • article
  • discussion
  • dissertation
  • manuscript
  • paper
  • piece
  • study
  • thesis
  • treatise
  • composition
  • disquisition
  • explication
  • exposition
  • theme
  • tract
MOST RELEVANT

Antonyms for essay

  • idleness
  • pass
MOST RELEVANT
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ESSAY

At last in desperation you embody it in a poem, an essay, a story.

As might be expected in a first essay, the drawing is now over-minute, now too loose.

This essay is quite as significant for what it has not said as for what it has said.

And if they essay to do so, why should not my word be at least as weighty as theirs?

On his return, he wrote an essay on the subject, which was published in 1754.

Essay but one sole little sketch, and you will think of nothing else.

The essay on Poetry is itself poetic throughout in its expression.

The one in print is my first essay in the way of telling a tale.

In considering it we should come to an understanding of the nature of lyric, the purpose of this essay.

They had taken the deepest interest in every essay and every speech.

WORD ORIGIN

1590s, "short non-fiction literary composition" (first attested in writings of Francis Bacon, probably in imitation of Montaigne), from Middle French essai "trial, attempt, essay," from Late Latin exagium "a weighing, weight," from Latin exigere "test," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + agere (see act) apparently meaning here "to weigh." The suggestion is of unpolished writing.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR ESSAY

aim

verbpoint or direct at a goal
  • address
  • angle
  • aspire
  • attempt
  • cast
  • concentrate
  • contemplate
  • covet
  • design
  • direct
  • endeavor
  • essay
  • fix
  • focus
  • intend
  • level
  • mean
  • plan
  • propose
  • purpose
  • set one's sights on
  • sight
  • slant
  • steer
  • strive
  • target
  • train
  • try
  • want
  • wish
  • zero in on
  • zoom in
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.
  • PREVIOUS
  • NEXT