Definition of dissertation in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌdisərˈtāSH(ə)n/


A long essay on a particular subject, especially one written as a requirement for the Doctor of Philosophy degree: Joe wrote his doctoral dissertation on Thucydides figurative she went on then into a dissertation on her family’s love of Ireland
More example sentences
  • He makes his living writing term papers and dissertations before he gets recruited by a spy agency and sent all over the world by them.
  • She is prolific, with dozens of titles to her credit and several doctoral dissertations and academic titles written on her work.
  • At the end there are 11 items for discussion, much as one finds in university dissertations.
essay, thesis, treatise, paper, study, discourse, disquisition, tract, monograph



Pronunciation: /-SHənl/
Example sentences
  • Novelty of a dissertational work and its theme should be closely connected.
  • Under the existing law the dissertational councils can be created only in the institutions, which provide postgraduate study in different fields.


Early 17th century (in the sense 'discussion, debate'): from Latin dissertatio(n-), from dissertare 'continue to discuss', from disserere 'examine, discuss'.

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Syllabification: dis·ser·ta·tion

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