noun, plural the·ses [thee-seez]. /ˈθi siz/.
- 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).
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Origin of thesis
historical usage of thesis
Thesis with the meaning “a proposition put forward to be discussed, proved, or defended” appeared in 1579; the more specific meaning “a dissertation required for an academic degree” dates from the second half of the 17th century. These meanings developed from the rhetorical sense in Latin and Greek.
Example sentences from the Web for thesis
We have already seen (p. xxi) that this was one of the important theses of the Muʿtazilite Kalam.A History of Mediaeval Jewish Philosophy|Isaac Husik
In 1597 he maintained public theses in Mathematics, Philosophy, and Law with the highest applause.The Life of the Truly Eminent and Learned Hugo Grotius|Jean Lvesque de Burigny
The theses on indulgences having brought him to the knowledge of the truth, he had forthwith made a bold profession of the faith.History of the Reformation in the Sixteenth Century, Vol 2|J. H. Merle D'Aubign
He went to Wittenberg, in his innocence, intending to tack on the church-door there his theses.Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great - Volume 12|Elbert Hubbard
I think it in very bad taste, always impertinent, and often pedantic, to attempt to prove theses by writing stories.Pepita Ximenez|Juan Valera
British Dictionary definitions for thesis
noun plural -ses (-siːz)
Word Origin for thesis
Cultural definitions for thesis
The central idea in a piece of writing, sometimes contained in a topic sentence.