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The chief or entire work of a person's lifetime.
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a work to which a person has devoted his or her life
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the complete or principal work, labor, or task of a lifetime.
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Noun1.lifework - the principal work of your career
calling, career, vocation - the particular occupation for which you are trained
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[ˈlaɪfˈwɜːk] Ntrabajo m de toda la vida
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All the nations of Barsoom were not yet as one, but a great stride forward toward that goal had been taken, and now if I could but cement the fierce yellow race into this solidarity of nations I should feel that I had rounded out a great lifework, and repaid to Mars at least a portion of the immense debt of gratitude I owed her for having given me my Dejah Thoris.
After I finished the course at Hampton and had entered upon my lifework at Tuskegee, I had the pleasure of visiting Mr.
The new minister and his wife were a young, pleasant-faced couple, still on their honeymoon, and full of all good and beautiful enthusiasms for their chosen lifework. Avonlea opened its heart to them from the start.
On October 15, 1804, four women, including Billiart and Blin de Bourdon, took their vows for a lifework of educating girls and training religious teachers.
Since his death in 1981, friends have sought to honor his lifework through the Dr.
The Lifework of a Labor Historian: Essays in Honor of Marcel van der Linden
The six-part adaptation has been written by Andrew Davies, who also penned the recent version of Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace, and BBC bosses promise to do justice to the "spectacular and authentic imagery and, above all, the incredible yet accessible story that was Hugo's lifework".
Inheriting her parents' and grandparents' own love of the written word as embodied in their lifework as publishers, scientists, philosophers, poets, and translators, Erpenbeck began writing a novella and the stories that helped her burst onto the German literary scene in the early 2000s, followed by the major novels and countless literary prizes that eventually led the Guardian to describe her in 2017 as "Europe's outstanding literary seer."
Now, by this, you can see that there was no time for a career or particular lifework. Too, you can probably surmise that there was a lot of out-of-work in between.
He also draws several perceptive conclusions about Udall's lifework, not the least of which is that he served "as a model for 'working together' and bipartisanship." This is a relevant biographical study of a significant American environmentalist.
My parents also took in good part my lifework to teach.
The annual event is held to celebrate a saints reunion with God and offered religious scholars and community leaders the chance to pay tribute to the two inspirational spiritual men's lifework.