dissertation

noun
dis·​ser·​ta·​tion | \ ˌdi-sər-ˈtā-shən \

Definition of dissertation

: an extended usually written treatment of a subject specifically : one submitted for a doctorate wrote her dissertation on an obscure 16th-century poet

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Other Words from dissertation

dissertational \ -​ˈtāsh-​nəl , -​ˈtā-​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

Examples of dissertation in a Sentence

He wrote his dissertation on an obscure 16th-century poet.

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His dissertation was a study of the Renaissance poet Francesco Petrarch. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Italian-Born Professor Strove to Make Americans Kinder and More Considerate," 28 Dec. 2018 One Katy parent, Sean Dolan, has used a website to step up criticism of Hindt, questioning whether there was plagiarized material in Hindt's 2012 doctoral dissertation at the University of Houston. Mike Glenn, Houston Chronicle, "Katy ISD board approves legal support for embattled superintendent," 11 May 2018 Since Dissernet's inception, about 200 people have been stripped of academic titles because of bogus dissertations. Maria Danilova, Fox News, "Crackdown feared as Russian grad school faces govt penalty," 22 July 2018 Bennett, whose background is in personal and organizational leadership and who wrote his doctoral dissertation on travel as a conduit for personal growth, aims to help the travel trade and travelers themselves become more mindful. Diane Daniel, chicagotribune.com, "'Transformative travel' is the industry's latest twist on making vacations more meaningful," 13 July 2018 Harms thinks there is more wrong with the 2016 study than accidentally paraphrasing the wrong dissertation. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Acting like a psychopath is great for male CEOs, not so much for women," 26 Oct. 2018 The school’s library has no record of a dissertation, and a spokeswoman for the school couldn’t confirm his attendance or a degree after searches by his name, hometown and birthdate. Patricia Kowsmann, WSJ, "The $500 Million Central Bank Heist—and How It Was Foiled," 3 Oct. 2018 Future Nobel laureate Robert Solow was his dissertation adviser. Bryan Marquard, BostonGlobe.com, "Francis M. Bator, at 92; economic adviser to LBJ had taught at Harvard Kennedy School," 22 Mar. 2018 Last spring, the former doctoral student filed a complaint against the professor who had been her adviser and co-chair of her dissertation committee, who is still at UC Berkeley. Nanette Asimov, San Francisco Chronicle, "Report finds past harassment by UC professor, but punishment lags," 22 May 2018

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First Known Use of dissertation

1651, in the meaning defined above

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dissertation

noun

English Language Learners Definition of dissertation

: a long piece of writing about a particular subject that is done to earn an advanced degree at a university

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