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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.]
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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]
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mag′num o′pus


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

noun
An outstanding and ingenious work:
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Translations
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magnum opus

nœuvre f maîtresse
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magnum opus

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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.
Hitler wrote his opus magnum 'Mein Kampf', which laid out his plan for transforming German society into one based on race.
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).
You guess it; it was his "opus magnum" ready for printing.
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.
/ Lencre, noire, un eclat sans fin pour mon amour'.' 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.
"Erdogan has recently become extremely popular in the Arab world as a result of foreign policy moves stemming from the doctrine of strategic depth', the idea that Turkey must use its unique geography and history to its foreign policy advantage, which was first formulated for Turkey by Davuto?lu in his opus magnum of the same title.