‘Academic’ and `academician’

`academic’An `academic’ is a person who teaches or does research at the university.” Examples: ” When I grow up I certainly don’t want to be an academic.” “Radhakrishnan was an academic before he became the President of India.” “My cousin is the only person in the family who wanted to be an academic.”Pronunciation The `a’ in the first syllable is like the `a’ in `cat’, `bat’, and `sat’, while the `a’ in the second syllable is pronounced like the `a’ in `China’. The `e’ probably sounds like the `e’ in `set’, `pet’, and `get’. The final `i’ must be like the `i’ in ‘sit’, `bit’, and `hit’.” The word `academic’ has the stress on the third syllable `de’.’`Academician’An `academician’ is usually a member of an academy that is concerned with the arts or sciences, for instance, The Royal Academy of Arts or the Russian Academy of Sciences.” The word has the stress on the fourth syllable `mi’. DifferenceA professor is an academic. And when that professor becomes a member of an academy which is devoted to either the sciences or the arts, then he becomes an `academician’. There is a tendency these days to use the words `academician’ and `academic’ synonymously. Most dictionaries have only one definition for the word `academician’ – member of a society or academy.”

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