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magnum opus

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noun mag·num opus \ˈmag-nəm-ˈō-pəs\

Simple Definition of magnum opus

  • : a great work : the greatest achievement of an artist or writer

Full Definition of magnum opus

  1. :  a great work; especially :  the greatest achievement of an artist or writer

Examples of magnum opus

  1. His last novel was his magnum opus.

  2. <this symphony is usually considered Beethoven's magnum opus>



Origin of magnum opus

Latin


First Known Use: 1791


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