American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A proposition that is maintained by argument.
- n. A dissertation advancing an original point of view as a result of research, especially as a requirement for an academic degree.
- n. A hypothetical proposition, especially one put forth without proof.
- n. The first stage of the Hegelian dialectic process.
- n. The long or accented part of a metrical foot, especially in quantitative verse.
- n. The unaccented or short part of a metrical foot, especially in accentual verse.
- n. Music The accented section of a measure.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The formulation in advance of a proposition to be proved; a position; a proposition which one advances and offers to maintain by argument against objections.
- n. Hence An essay or dissertation upon a specific or definite theme, as an essay presented by a candidate for a diploma or degree, as for that of doctor.
- n. A theme; a subject propounded for a school or college exercise; the exercise itself.
- n. A premise assumed and not proved, although not self-evident; either a postulate or a definition.
- n. The consequent of a hypothetical proposition.
- n. In musical rhythmics, a heavy accent, such as in beating time is marked by a down-beat. See rhythm.
- n. In prosody: Originally, and in more correct recent usage, that part of a foot which receives the ictus, or metrical stress.
- n. In prevalent modern usage, the metrically unaccented part of a foot. See arsis, 1.
- n. In ancient rhetoric, a general question, not limited to special persons and circumstances: opposed to a hypothesis, or question which is so limited.
- n. In rhetoric, the part of a sentence preceding and correlated to the antithesis.
- n. Synonyms Topic, Point, etc. See subject.
- n. A statement supported by arguments.
- n. A written essay, especially one submitted for a university degree.
- n. logic An affirmation, or distinction from a supposition or hypothesis.
- n. music The accented part of the measure, expressed by the downward beat; the opposite of arsis.
- n. poetry The depression of the voice in pronouncing the syllables of a word.
- n. poetry The part of the metrical foot upon which such a depression falls.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A position or proposition which a person advances and offers to maintain, or which is actually maintained by argument.
- n. Hence, an essay or dissertation written upon specific or definite theme; especially, an essay presented by a candidate for a diploma or degree.
- n. (Logic) An affirmation, or distinction from a supposition or hypothesis.
- n. (Mus.) The accented part of the measure, expressed by the downward beat; -- the opposite of
- n. The depression of the voice in pronouncing the syllables of a word.
- n. The part of the foot upon which such a depression falls.
- n. a treatise advancing a new point of view resulting from research; usually a requirement for an advanced academic degree
- n. an unproved statement put forward as a premise in an argument
- From Latin thesis, from Ancient Greek θέσις (thesis, "a proposition, a statement, a thing laid down, thesis in rhetoric, thesis in prosody") (Wiktionary)
- Latin, from Greek, from tithenai, to put. Senses 5 and 6, Middle English, from Late Latin, lowering of the voice, from Greek, downbeat, from tithenai. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“His main thesis is that the style and rhetoric used by the Fathers at the Second Vatican Council are, in the end, the message.”
“In the talk itself, Herzlinger's main thesis is that markets work, and they could work in health care.”
“But again, my main thesis is that we shouldn't have to choose whether or not to send our kids to a school 30 minutes away from home just because they have recess or art or new computers.”
“What he said in his thesis is a look into his minds perception on our society, people don't change their life long beliefs just because he is exposed, his words have remained on record.”
“The first half of the thesis is a comprehensive critical review of a range of theoretical literatures pertinent to the question, including practice theory (and media studies), fan cultures, cultural production, the creative industries, digital cinema, media convergence, and new media and society.”
“Your thesis is them a collection of three papers published and an introduction and conclusion to link them all together.”
“This thesis is an in-depth study of the FDA regulatory process and the hurdles it imposes on a small, fringy outfit like Dr Doblin's MAPS.”
“I completely identified with his main thesis, which is that we should all push ourselves to produce work that is meaningful and has a positive impact on people, and not work that is simply mechanical output.”
“We'll see for sure if my thesis is accurate when the series goes to Denver, beginning Saturday night at dangerous Coors Field.”
“This thesis is a version, Derrida observes, of the recurrent philosophical move consisting in the pushing aside of the mere language of a text to get at its meaning or significance; even Nietzsche is drawn into the same collapsible construction, for instance in the paragraph in "On Truth and Lie" challenging the validity of existent words.”
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