Definition of thesis
1 : a dissertation embodying results of original research and especially substantiating a specific view; especially : one written by a candidate for an academic degree
2a : a proposition to be proved or one advanced without proof : hypothesisb : a position or proposition that a person (such as a candidate for scholastic honors) advances and offers to maintain by argument
3a (1) : the unstressed part of a poetic foot especially in accentual verse (2) : the longer part of a poetic foot especially in quantitative verseb : the accented part of a musical measure : downbeat — compare arsis
4 : the first and least adequate stage of dialectic — compare synthesis
Examples of thesis in a Sentence
She wrote her thesis on Renaissance Nativity scenes.
a master's thesis on the effects of global warming
New evidence supports his thesis.
We disagreed with the basic thesis of the report.
The book's central thesis is that propaganda influences the masses in important ways.
Recent Examples of thesis from the Web
Luther only intended for his theses to spur debate, which was common at the time—
His Urbanophile opus doesn’t mention media but his thesis could easily apply to a brain drain that has landed a preponderance of young talent on the coasts, not the Heartland.
Alexander Chee Author of The Queen of the Night and Edinburgh In the spring of 1994, Denis Johnson was my workshop teacher and thesis adviser at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.
In the spring of 1994, Denis Johnson was my workshop teacher and thesis adviser at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.
A West Hartford native and current Avon resident was recently named the National Cum Laude Society's 2016 senior thesis national winner.
Camou's thesis film,Tereza, is currently in the festival circuit.
In what was perhaps a foreshadowing of his ability to bridge disparate worlds, his senior thesis focused on two divergent religious figures, the theologian Reinhold Niebuhr and the televangelist Jerry Falwell.
This seemed to be the central thesis of Bob Dylan's Nobel lecture, which the Nobel Foundation released Monday.
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Did You Know?
In high school, college, or graduate school, students often have to write a thesis on a topic in their major field of study. In many fields, a final thesis is the biggest challenge involved in getting a master's degree, and the same is true for students studying for a Ph.D. (a Ph.D. thesis is often called a dissertation). But a thesis may also be an idea; so in the course of the paper the student may put forth several theses (notice the plural form) and attempt to prove them.
Origin and Etymology of thesis
in sense 3, Middle English, lowering of the voice, from Late Latin & Greek; Late Latin, from Greek, downbeat, more important part of a foot, literally, act of laying down; in other senses, Latin, from Greek, literally, act of laying down, from tithenai to put, lay down — more at do
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
THESIS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of thesis for English Language Learners
: a long piece of writing on a particular subject that is done to earn a degree at a university
: a statement that someone wants to discuss or prove
THESIS Defined for Kids
Definition of thesis for Students
1 : a statement that a person wants to discuss or prove
2 : an essay presenting results of original research
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