[ak-uh-dee-mee-uh, -deem-yuh, -dem-ee-uh, -dem-yuh]
(sometimes initial capital letter) the milieu or interests of a university, college, or academy; academe.

1945–50; < Neo-Latin, L. See academy Unabridged
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academia (ˌækəˈdiːmɪə)
the academic world

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Example sentences
It's unfortunate, but academia can be a pretty cut throat world.
So goes the first sentence of a recently composed essay on cheating in academia.
Sometimes it is someone complaining about how much they make vs how much they
  could make if they left academia.
Throughout the seventies and eighties, he was a marquee name on college
  syllabi, the closest thing academia had to a rock star.
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