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 for dissertation
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Dissertation \Dis`ser*ta"tion\, n. [L. dissertatio: cf. F.
     A formal or elaborate argumentative discourse, oral or
     written; a disquisition; an essay; a discussion; as,
     Dissertations on the Prophecies.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a treatise advancing a new point of view resulting from
           research; usually a requirement for an advanced academic
           degree [syn: dissertation, thesis]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  42 Moby Thesaurus words for "dissertation":
     argumentation, article, causerie, descant, discourse, discussion,
     disputation, disquisition, essay, etude, examination, excursus,
     exposition, feature, first approach, homily, introductory study,
     lucubration, memoir, monograph, morceau, note, outline, pandect,
     paper, paragraph, piece, preliminary study, prolegomenon,
     research paper, screed, sketch, special article, study, survey,
     term paper, theme, thesis, tract, tractate, treatise, treatment

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