Difference between essay and report

essay

Definitions

noun

  1. a tentative attempt
  2. an analytic or interpretive literary composition

verb

  1. make an effort or attempt
  2. put to the test, as for its quality, or give experimental use to

Examples

The poems, plays, and essays of the committed cultural nationalist are characterized by a markedly hortatory or didactic manner.

Hmm... a bit of Googling produces this short book review by Charles Solomon, which has the line: "As an essayist, Didion lacks the hyaline profundity of Susan Sontag or the classical erudition of Marguerite Yourcenar ...

Your essay gets a bit confused halfway through when you introduce too many ideas at once.

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report

Definitions

noun

  1. a written document describing the findings of some individual or group
  2. an essay (especially one written as an assignment)
  3. a sharp explosive sound (especially the sound of a gun firing)
  4. a written evaluation of a student's scholarship and deportment
  5. the general estimation that the public has for a person
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verb

  1. announce as the result of an investigation or experience or finding
  2. complain about; make a charge against
  3. to give an account or representation of in words
  4. announce one's presence
  5. make known to the authorities
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Examples

Leaked Reports Detail Iran's Aid for Iraqi Militias," blared the headline on afront page story inThe New York Times, which went on to report on several incidents recounted in WikiLeaks documents that journalist Michael Gordon called "the shadow war between the United States and Iraqi militias backed by Iran's Revolutionary Guards.

The bombardment of the GPO had fascinated MacMurrough: the annunciatory puffs of smoke and the flames that roared to greet them; then the crashing gun’s report, the shell’s eruption—an illogical sequence, effect before cause, an object lesson in the madness of war.

8. The reporters all want Obama to make the sort of inaccurate, snide, snipy comments that the Clintons are now firing off daily.

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