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Examples of magnum opus in a Sentence
His last novel was his magnum opus.
this symphony is usually considered Beethoven's magnum opus
Recent Examples of magnum opus from the Web
Even more remarkable curvature composes Sagrada Familia, Gaudí’s final work and his magnum opus, the still-unfinished cathedral that cradles nature and exorcises right angles.
His magnum opus debuted No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and sold a whopping 872,000 its opening week.
His magnum opus features the dulcet tones of the kazoo.
Four years ago, Nas celebrated the 20th anniversary of his magnum opus Illmatic by giving the album the classical treatment and performing it with the National Symphony Orchestra for the PBS special Great Performances.
That magnum opus in Houston’s NRG Stadium was the junior’s final game as an amateur.
Nearing the end of his magnum opus, The Summa Theologica, Thomas suddenly stopped.
The redoubtable Dave Neiwert has finally finished his magnum opus about the alt-right and the rise of modern neo-fascism.
With a fistful of classics under his belt, including his magnum opus, Illmatic, Nasir Jones will always be considered an iconic MC.
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Did You Know?
You probably recognize magnum ("great") as a Latin word that shows up in altered forms in several English words, and perhaps you can also come up with a few that are related to opus ("work"). Magnitude, magnanimous, opulent, and operate are some obvious relations of the two. Magnum opus, which entered English in the late 18th century, retains the original Latin spelling and the literal meaning "great work." Although the term most often refers to literary productions, it has been used to describe many kinds of great works, including paintings, movies, construction projects, and even surgical techniques.
Origin and Etymology of magnum opus
First Known Use: 1791See Words from the same year
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Definition of magnum opus for English Language Learners
: a great work : the greatest achievement of an artist or writer
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