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[ak-uh-deem, ak-uh-deem] /ˈæk əˌdim, ˌæk əˈdim/
the campus activity, life, and interests of a college or university; the academic world.
(sometimes initial capital letter) any place of instruction; a school.
(initial capital letter) the public grove in Athens in which Plato taught.
a person living in, accustomed to, or preferring the environment of a university.
a scholarly or pedantic person, especially a teacher or student.
Origin of academe
1580-90; < Latin Acadēmus < Greek Akádēmos Academus Unabridged
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  • The halls of academe have long been a forgiving environment for absentminded professors.
  • But her heart was truly in academe, to which she returned.
  • Energy experts in government, business and academe have been pumping out suggestions to help consumers conserve fuel.
  • Keep up with all that's happening in academe each day.
  • Workplace bullying is a big concern in academe and a source of much misery for some faculty members.
  • The majority of job candidates in academe don't send thank-you letters because they don't know that they should.
  • While that's hardly unusual in academe, what is unusual is that it was my fourth attempt.
British Dictionary definitions for academe


noun (literary)
any place of learning, such as a college or university
the grove of Academe, the groves of Academe, the academic world
Word Origin
C16: first used by Shakespeare in Love's Labour's Lost (1594); see academy
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Word Origin and History for academe



"The Academy," 1580s, from phrase groves of Academe, translating Horace's silvas Academi (see academy); general sense of "the world of universities and scholarship" is attested from 1849. With lower-case letter, academia in the sense of "academic community" is from 1956.

Academe properly means Academus (a Greek hero); & its use as a poetic variant for academy, though sanctioned by Shakespeare, Tennyson & Lowell, is a mistake; the grove of A., however, (Milton) means rightly The Academy. [Fowler]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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