dissertation

noun
dis·​ser·​ta·​tion | \ ˌdi-sər-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce dissertation (audio) \

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 \ ˌdi-​sər-​ˈtāsh-​nəl How to pronounce dissertational (audio) , -​ˈtā-​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

Examples of dissertation in a Sentence

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

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Another wrote a psychological dissertation about loneliness among the elderly. Washington Post, "Meet Russia’s trolls: From standup comic to a Siberian Jay Z," 2 Mar. 2018 O’Hara dresses up his tragic tale with elaborate nonfiction regalia, recording the insignia and rituals of small-town Pennsylvania with the exhaustive objectivity of an anthropology dissertation. Jamie James, WSJ, "‘John O’Hara: Four Novels of the 1930s’ Review: Big Fish in Small Towns," 3 Jan. 2019 Rouen, who did his dissertation on the CEO pay ratio rule, argues that politicians should have focused on getting disclosures on the gender pay gap, or the racial pay gap, which would have gone a long way to fight worker inequities. Shirley Leung, BostonGlobe.com, "Salaries at this Boston company rank among highest in US," 16 May 2018 For years, Abbas has faced a barrage of criticism over his doctoral dissertation that questioned whether the death toll of 6 million Jews in the Holocaust may have been inflated. Siobhán O'grady, Washington Post, "After outrage, Palestinian president apologizes for offending people in anti-Semitic speech," 4 May 2018 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

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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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