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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The academic environment, community, or world.
  • n. Academic life.
  • n. A place in which instruction is given to students.
  • n. A scholar, especially a pedant.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An academy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The grove and gymnasium near Athens where Plato taught; the Academy; figuratively, any place of similar character.
  • n. Hence [lowercase] An academy; a place for philosophic and literary intercourse or instruction.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the academic world

Etymologies

From Latin Acadēmīa, the Academy; see academy.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • 'Werewolves are not a subject for academe,' she said, 'but you know what the professors would be saying if they were. 'Monsters die out when the collective imagination no longer needs them. Species death like this is nothing more than a shift in the aggregate psychic agenda. From "The Last Werewolf" by Glen Duncan.

    March 3, 2012