(sometimes initial capital letter) the milieu or interests of a university, college, or ; .
Contemporary Examples

I did offer to mention her to contacts at another media organization and in academia, though she didn’t get a job or into school.
Barbara Walters’ Syrian Blunder Howard Kurtz June 5, 2012

Conservative economists in academia may care about the distinction between marginal tax rates and effective tax rates.
Deciphering the Sequester: It’s All About the Spending Justin Green February 25, 2013

Secretaries who came from academia, like Condoleeza Rice, Madeleine Albright, Henry Kissinger, or George Shultz, usually go back.
What Will Hillary Clinton Do After Leaving the State Department? Josh Dzieza January 27, 2012

So when unprepared Christian students begin to study science and lose their faith, it feeds deep distrust of academia.
How Creationism Hurts Christian Colleges—And Their Students Karl W. Giberson February 12, 2014

Calls for a boycott of Israeli academia will undoubtedly intensify.
Ariel versus Academia Dov Waxman June 10, 2012

Historical Examples

From this rich and interesting temple we passed to the academia delle belle Arti.
From the Oak to the Olive Julia Ward Howe

First to be noted is the “academia,” planned by Cardinal Wiseman.
History of the Warfare of Science with Theology in Christendom Andrew Dickson White

Pray despatch at the earliest opportunity what you have bought for my “academia.”
The Letters of Cicero, Volume 1 Marcus Tullius Cicero

Missing your chance at the Hof-theatre, you can rush off to the old academia to take the same chances.
The Four Corners Abroad Amy Ella Blanchard

Between you both, there will be quite an academia at Kilronan.
My New Curate P.A. Sheehan

the academic world

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