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Definition a lengthy academic paper — especially a scholarly work required for an advanced academic degree
  • She wrote her dissertation on T.S. Eliot.
dissertation = lengthy academic paper
  • Oliver Stone used the dissertation as the basis for his film, JFK.
  • dissertation = lengthy academic paper
  • On my twenty-seventh birthday, the birthday I had chosen, I submitted my PhD dissertation.
    Tara Westover  --  Educated
  • dissertation = scholarly paper required for an advanced academic degree
  • What had impressed them, said the interviewers — there were two of them, a woman and a man — was his senior dissertation on self-help books of the twentieth century.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Oryx and Crake
  • dissertation = a scholarly paper required for an academic degree
  • My dissertation gave a different shape to history, one that was neither Mormon nor anti-Mormon, neither spiritual nor profane.
    Tara Westover  --  Educated
  • dissertation = a scholarly paper required for an advanced academic degree
  • I set to work on my dissertation, again choosing Mill as the topic.
    Tara Westover  --  Educated
  • dissertation = a scholarly paper required for an advanced academic degree
  • I wrote an essay on John Stuart Mill's concept of self-sovereignty, and my supervisor, Dr. David Runciman, said that if my dissertation was of the same quality, I might be accepted to Cambridge for a PhD.
    Tara Westover  --  Educated
  • dissertation = a scholarly paper required for an advanced academic degree
  • He'd turned that paper topic into his senior dissertation, later.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Oryx and Crake
  • In your dissertation.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Oryx and Crake
  • Tererai has finished her course work and is completing a dissertation about AIDS programs among the poor in Africa.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • There were long dissertations written in long hand; some were political and others dealt with the history of art.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • His wordy dissertation got on Larisa Feodorovna's nerves.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • It was the lamp he wrote his philosophical dissertations by.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • For her PhD dissertation, she built a system called "Storytelling Alice."
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture
  • The sequel, 'The Pilgrim Continues His Way,' is mostly a dissertation in dialogue form on the whys and wherefores of the Jesus Prayer.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • Dwight gave the conference a short dissertation on the mines and on his lack of knowledge.
    Nevil Shute  --  On the Beach
  • At this moment in his speech he went off into a dissertation on Grushenka's "first lover," and brought forward several interesting thoughts on this theme.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • So therefore many learned dissertations could be written which in actual fact contain no really new conceptions.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie's World
  • ROXANE: In telling his love? why, 'tis not simple telling, 'tis dissertation, 'tis analysis!
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • The original thesis of his dissertation had been just that: the advantage of simplifying the human organism.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera

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