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dissertation

dis·ser·ta·tion

dissertation

 
 
pronunciation:
dI sr teI shn
part of speech: noun
definition: a formal and usu. lengthy exposition in speech or writing, esp. a detailed report of research by a candidate for a doctoral degree.
She took her time choosing a topic for her dissertation.
synonyms:
discourse, disquisition, monograph, thesis, treatise
similar words:
composition, essay, exposition, pamphlet, paper, study, theme, tract
derivations: dissertational (adj.), dissertationist (n.)