se·​nior·​i·​tis ˌsē-nyər-ˈī-təs How to pronounce senioritis (audio)
: an ebbing of motivation and effort by school seniors as evidenced by tardiness, absences, and lower grades

Examples of senioritis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This isn’t mere senioritis. Los Angeles Times, 2 Nov. 2022 Now is not the time for pandemic senioritis. Melody Schreiber, The New Republic, 10 Dec. 2020 These are teenagers and senioritis is a real thing, for some, but there can be many explanations for a poor spring term. Brennan Barnard, Forbes, 3 May 2022 For people who aren’t overjoyed about returning to pre-pandemic life, the darker side of senioritis might feel more applicable. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, 15 Apr. 2021 This time of year normally finds high school seniors exhibiting signs of senioritis, with prom, graduation and the end of their secondary education on the horizon. John Benson, cleveland, 6 May 2020 And XiuLi seems to be suffering from a particularly acute case of senioritis these days that is leading to trouble. Steve Trumpeter,, 20 July 2019 Savvy Professors For most professors teaching senior classes, this isn’t their first rodeo, and observing seniors with senioritis is nothing new. Erin Nicole Celletti, Teen Vogue, 11 Jan. 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1907, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of senioritis was in 1907

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“Senioritis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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