- a proposition stated or put forward for consideration, especially one to be discussed and proved or to be maintained against objections: He vigorously defended his thesis on the causes of war.
- a subject for a composition or essay.
- a dissertation on a particular subject in which one has done original research, as one presented by a candidate for a diploma or degree.
- Music. the downward stroke in conducting; downbeat.Compare arsis(def 1).
- a part of a metrical foot that does not bear the ictus or stress.
- (less commonly) the part of a metrical foot that bears the ictus.Compare arsis(def 2).
- Philosophy. See under Hegelian dialectic.
Origin of thesis
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- an interpretive method, originally used to relate specific entities or events to the absolute idea, in which some assertible proposition (thesis) is necessarily opposed by an equally assertible and apparently contradictory proposition (antithesis), the mutual contradiction being reconciled on a higher level of truth by a third proposition (synthesis).
Examples from the Web for thesis
In “Back Home,” Gil also revisits the nostalgia for the South explored in his Johns Hopkins thesis, “Circle of Stone.”‘The Prince of Chocolate City’: When Gil Scott-Heron Became A Music Icon
November 15, 2014
He wrote his Master's thesis on the underrepresentation of young people in Congress.
For my thesis show at RISD, I did this piece based on this book called Fucking James Franco.James Franco Uncensored: The Actor on Broadway, NYT Hate, and That Half-Naked Instagram
May 4, 2014
If the book were reducible to a thesis, it might be the simple claim that some things exceed our capacity for comprehension.Barbara Ehrenreich Gives God a Going Over in Her New Book
April 19, 2014
I prove my thesis with two words that appear at the end of the movie, “Senator Blutarsky.”How Harold Ramis Invented Baby Boom Comedy With ‘Animal House’
P. J. O’Rourke
February 27, 2014
The mere exposition of a thesis would have little or no value.The Conquest of Fear
It merely proves that Dannar's statement in the preface of his Thesis is correct.The Issahar Artifacts
Jesse Franklin Bone
Of this discovery, the first distinct assertion is contained in the thesis of Protagoras.Theaetetus
But I would say that your thesis has a remarkably low index of probability.The Cuckoo Clock
You are obliged to defend a thesis you do not understand, by arguments you cannot measure.The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly
Charles James Lever
- a dissertation resulting from original research, esp when submitted by a candidate for a degree or diploma
- a doctrine maintained or promoted in argument
- a subject for a discussion or essay
- an unproved statement, esp one put forward as a premise in an argument
- music the downbeat of a bar, as indicated in conducting
- (in classical prosody) the syllable or part of a metrical foot not receiving the ictusCompare arsis
- philosophy the first stage in the Hegelian dialectic, that is challenged by the antithesis
- philosophy an interpretive method in which the contradiction between a proposition (thesis) and its antithesis is resolved at a higher level of truth (synthesis)
Word Origin and History for thesis
late 14c., "unaccented syllable or note," from Latin thesis "unaccented syllable in poetry," later "stressed part of a metrical foot," from Greek thesis "a proposition," also "downbeat" (in music), originally "a setting down or placing," from root of tithenai "to place, put, set," from PIE root *dhe- "to put, to do" (see factitious). Sense in logic of "a proposition, statement to be proved" is first recorded 1570s; that of "dissertation written by a candidate for a university degree" is from 1650s.
The central idea in a piece of writing, sometimes contained in a topic sentence.