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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
In an interview with Bloomberg’s Joshua Green, author of the recent magnum opus Devil’s Bargain, Bannon agreed with the common perception that China’s frequent intellectual-property theft was crippling the U.S. economy.
The central argument in Mr Johnson’s magnum opus was that Brexit is an opportunity to be seized, but that most of those in charge of implementing it see it as a bomb to be defused.
In typical Nas fashion, the Benz's license plate donned the name Illmatic, referencing his 1994 magnum opus.
Basirice’s magnum opus homage to 18th century Rwandan art feels ultra-modern, almost futuristic.
All of which may seem incongruous for someone whose magnum opus to date was a 1999 triple album called (and consisting of) 69 Love Songs.
The isolated province still contains around 70 percent of China’s structures older than the 14th century—and the couple’s magnum opus on Chinese architecture can be used as a unique guidebook.
But the best moment any of those films can offer doesn't even compare to the tenth best scene in Paul Thomas Anderson's magnum opus Boogie Nights.
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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
magnum opus Synonyms
Synonymschef d'oeuvre, classic, masterpiece, masterwork
Related Wordsmasterstroke, pièce de résistance, showpiece, tour de force; blockbuster, megahit, smash, success, winner; gem, jewel, prize, treasure
Near Antonymsbomb, catastrophe, clunker, debacle (also débâcle), disaster, dud, failure, fiasco, fizzle, flop, loser, turkey, washout
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