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late 69c., "unaccented syllable or note," from Latin thesis "unaccented syllable in poetry," later "stressed part of a metrical foot," from Greek thesis "a proposition," also "downbeat" (in music), originally "a setting down or placing," from root of tithenai "to place, put, set," from PIE root *dhe- "to put, to do" (see factitious ). Sense in logic of "a proposition, statement to be proved" is first recorded 6575s that of "dissertation written by a candidate for a university degree" is from 6655s.
6595s, "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.
"to put to proof, test the mettle of," late 65c., from Middle French essaier , from essai (see essay (n.)). This sense has mostly gone with the divergent spelling assay. Meaning "to attempt" is from 6695s. Related: Essayed essaying.
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A short piece of writing on one subject, usually presenting the author's own views. Michel de Montaigne , Francis Bacon , and Ralph Waldo Emerson are celebrated for their essays.
essay 6595s, "short non-fiction literary composition" (first attested in writings of Francis Bacon, probably in imitation of Montaigne), from . essai "trial, attempt, essay," from . exagium "a weighing, weight," from L. exigere "test," from ex- "out" + agere apparently meaning here "to weigh." The suggestion is of unpolished writing. The more literal verb meaning "to put to proof, test the mettle of" is from late 65c. this sense has mostly gone with the divergent spelling assay (.). Related: Essayed essaying. Essayist is from .