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magnum opus

n.
1. A great work, especially a literary or artistic masterpiece.
2. The greatest single work of an artist, writer, or composer.

[Latin : magnum, neuter of magnus, great + opus, work.]

magnum opus

n
1. (Art Terms) a great work of art or literature, esp the greatest single work of an artist
2. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a great work of art or literature, esp the greatest single work of an artist
[Latin]

mag′num o′pus


n.
a great work, esp. the chief work of a writer or artist.
[1785–95; < Latin]

magnum opus

A Latin phrase meaning great work, used to mean the greatest individual work that someone creates, especially in the arts.
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Noun1.magnum opus - a great work of art or literaturemagnum opus - a great work of art or literature  
work of art - art that is a product of one of the fine arts (especially a painting or sculpture of artistic merit)

magnum opus

noun
An outstanding and ingenious work:
Translations
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References in classic literature ?
As a matter of fact, "Thus Spake Zarathustra", though it is unquestionably Nietzsche's opus magnum, is by no means the first of Nietzsche's works that the beginner ought to undertake to read.
The award pays tribute to his entire career, while specifically underlining the publication in 2015 of the fourth and final volume of his opus magnum "Geschichte des Westens" (History of the West).
Auch der Lekture von Muschgs Opus Magnum Der Rote RitterWixd ein ganzes Kapitel gewidmet.
And, finally, Lukas Jiricka talks to the composer Jaroslav Krcek about one of the most intriguing (and currently unjustly overlooked) Czech electronic compositions Krcek's opus magnum The Prostitute Raab.
BehlE-l Euzkan, an academic and former student who attended his lectures, has studied Davutoy-lu's writings between 1990 and 2000, including his opus magnum "Strategic Depth" book, concludes that Davutoy-lu is not a neo-Ottomanist, but a pan-Islamist who mixes authoritarian expansionist thinking borrowed from the West with Islamism (see "Turkey's Imperial Fantasy," The New York Times, Aug.
Cet opus magnum sur l'enc(o)re de la melancolie, decoulant d'un entretien in(de) fini, renvoie a l'intertextualite inherente a toute histoire de la bile noire.
Jahr--hunderts dominiert zwar auch heute noch das Konzertleben und den Tontra germarkt, doch wie schwierig (um nicht zu sagen: unmoglich) deren uberzeugende Charakterisierung ist, kann am Platz- und Zeitbedarf des nach zehnjahriger Arbeit nun vollstandig vorliegenden Opus magnum abgelesen werden.
They are one of only five bands who have have logged two separate 10 million-selling albums in the States (the others are The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and Van Halen) and their 2007 schedule saw them regularly sell out 20,000 capacity arenas as they celebrated the 20th anniversary of their opus magnum Hysteria.