- a written essay, treatise, or thesis, especially one written by a candidate for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
- any formal discourse in speech or writing.
Origin of dissertation
Examples from the Web for dissertation
In her dissertation, McFate had asked whether ‘good anthropology’ might lead to ‘better killing.’Send in the Marines—and the Anthropologists too?
John Kael Weston
August 23, 2013
Heritage has distanced itself from Richwine and his dissertation.Immigrants’ IQ Lower, Wrote Coathor of Heritage Foundation Report
May 9, 2013
His hilarious parody-fable, “A Dissertation Upon Roast Pig,” traces the supposed genesis of that culinary delicacy.Phillip Lopate’s Book Bag: The Essay Tradition
February 5, 2013
It seems to me that every book reminds me of writing a dissertation.Barbara Kingsolver: How I Write
December 5, 2012
He surely was only offering to help out a student with her dissertation when he gave her his card.Paula Broadwell, FBI Agent?
November 16, 2012
It is the aim of the present dissertation to accomplish this.The Dramatic Values in Plautus
Wilton Wallace Blancke
And accordingly they stand beyond the range of this dissertation.
He was not in the mood to listen to a dissertation on a text taken from Foul Play.The Portygee
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
We have already mentioned this subject in the Dissertation on Apparitions.
The author had foreseen this objection from the beginning of his dissertation.
- a written thesis, often based on original research, usually required for a higher degree
- a formal discourse
Word Origin and History for dissertation
1610s, "discussion, debate," from Latin dissertationem (nominative dissertatio) "discourse," noun of action from past participle stem of dissertare "debate, argue, examine, harangue," frequentative of disserere "discuss, examine," from dis- "apart" (see dis-) + serere "to arrange words" (see series). Sense of "formal, written treatise" is 1650s.