ac·​a·​deme ˈa-kə-ˌdēm How to pronounce academe (audio)
: a place of instruction
: the academic life, community, or world
in the halls of academe
: academic
especially : pedant

Examples of academe in a Sentence

the cloistered and privileged world inhabited by the students in that suburban academe
Recent Examples on the Web That points to a missed opportunity, because even a little self-reflection would reveal much in 21st-century academe that will one day look as repellent as the earlier bias against Jews. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 13 Oct. 2022 Those wishing to promote true liberal principles, including the values of Western civilization, free speech, the American founding and civility, should look to the network of outstanding independent organizations to bring these values to college students from outside the walls of academe. WSJ, 30 June 2021 But her decision to mix it up beyond the halls of academe has also landed her in the middle of a nasty social media drama and a Hollywood dispute. Katherine Rosman, New York Times, 10 Mar. 2023 Pragmatism begins on the streets and exchanges, and is later articulated in the halls of academe. Mark Edmundson, Harper’s Magazine , 12 Dec. 2022 Unless academe provides more encouragement and professional incentives for such efforts, the critical dialogues and community exchanges the public is asking for will not happen on the scale that is required. Guest, Discover Magazine, 13 Nov. 2017 Nor is the Dunning School itself anomalous in the history of American academe. Michael Bérubé, The New Republic, 21 Mar. 2022 Although academe may dismiss the Galileo Project as nothing more than pandering to a gullible public, such prejudice is unhelpful and myopic. Seth Shostak, Scientific American, 29 July 2021 The real question should not be why the UNC trustees had reservations about granting Hannah-Jones tenure, but why so many in media and academe chose to treat any criticism of Hannah-Jones as illegitimate and, well, racist. Tracey Schirra, National Review, 20 July 2021 See More

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Word History


borrowed from Latin Acadēmus (in the phrase inter silvās Acadēmī, "among the groves of Academus," from Horace's Epistulae), borrowed from Greek Akádēmos — more at academy

First Known Use

1588, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of academe was in 1588

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Cite this Entry

“Academe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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