A comprehensive treatise, especially in philosophy or theology. (noun)
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Use "summa" in a sentence
"And though it is unclear whether the title summa is original (Jordan, 1986, 182-3), the work fits the summa form in its systematic arrangement of topics and its attempt to include all possible arguments for a given position and against its contrary."
"Dr. Natalicio received her B.S. degree in Spanish, summa cum laude, from St. Louis University, and her master's degree in Portuguese and Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin."
"Moore earned a bachelor's degree in English, summa cum laude, from the University of North Carolina and a master of fine arts degree in creative writing from Bowling Green State University (Ohio)."