Thesis vs. Synopsis - What's the difference?

Wikipedia

  • Thesis

    A thesis or dissertation is a document submitted in support of candidature for an academic degree or professional qualification presenting the author's research and findings. In some contexts, the word "thesis" or a cognate is used for part of a bachelor's or master's course, while "dissertation" is normally applied to a doctorate, while in other contexts, the reverse is true. The term graduate thesis is sometimes used to refer to both master's theses and doctoral dissertations.The required complexity or quality of research of a thesis or dissertation can vary by country, university, or program, and the required minimum study period may thus vary significantly in duration. The word "dissertation" can at times be used to describe a treatise without relation to obtaining an academic degree. The term "thesis" is also used to refer to the general claim of an essay or similar work.

Wiktionary

  • Thesis (noun)

    A statement supported by arguments.

  • Thesis (noun)

    A written essay, especially one submitted for a university degree.

  • Thesis (noun)

    An affirmation, or distinction from a supposition or hypothesis.

  • Thesis (noun)

    The accented part of the measure, expressed by the downward beat; the opposite of arsis.

  • Thesis (noun)

    The depression of the voice in pronouncing the syllables of a word.

  • Thesis (noun)

    The part of the metrical foot upon which such a depression falls.

  • Synopsis (noun)

    A brief summary of the major points of a written work, either as prose or as a table; an abridgment or condensation of a work.

  • Synopsis (noun)

    A prayer book for use by the laity of the church.

Oxford Dictionary

  • Synopsis (noun)

    a brief summary or general survey of something

    "a synopsis of the insurance cover provided is set out below"

  • Synopsis (noun)

    an outline of the plot of a play, film, or book.

Webster Dictionary

  • Thesis (noun)

    A position or proposition which a person advances and offers to maintain, or which is actually maintained by argument.

  • Thesis (noun)

    Hence, an essay or dissertation written upon specific or definite theme; especially, an essay presented by a candidate for a diploma or degree.

  • Thesis (noun)

    An affirmation, or distinction from a supposition or hypothesis.

  • Thesis (noun)

    The accented part of the measure, expressed by the downward beat; - the opposite of arsis.

  • Thesis (noun)

    The depression of the voice in pronouncing the syllables of a word.

  • Synopsis (noun)

    A general view, or a collection of heads or parts so arranged as to exhibit a general view of the whole; an abstract or summary of a discourse; a syllabus; a conspectus.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Thesis (noun)

    an unproved statement put forward as a premise in an argument

  • Thesis (noun)

    a treatise advancing a new point of view resulting from research; usually a requirement for an advanced academic degree

  • Synopsis (noun)

    a sketchy summary of the main points of an argument or theory

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