se·​nior·​i·​tis | \ ˌsē-nyər-ˈī-təs How to pronounce senioritis (audio) \

Definition of senioritis

: 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 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, "Fairview Park High School announces socially distant-friendly commencement plans," 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,, "2019 Algren Awards: Finalist: A Pamphlet for This," 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, "Why You Shouldn’t Slack Second Semester of Senior Year," 11 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of senioritis

1907, in the meaning defined above

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“Senioritis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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