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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
Metanet Software’s magnum opus was endlessly engrossing when released on the PS4 three years ago, and its freeform structure and bite-sized stages turn out to work even better in portable form.
Finding foreigners who have actually read Xi’s magnum opus is about as easy as finding thigh-slapping jokes in it.
The band’s 1978 magnum opus, Heavy Horses, is partly a song cycle about animals in the English countryside and the United Kingdom’s retirement of horsepower in favor of industrial machinery.
Boyz n the Hood, which was released two years earlier, goes down as the magnum opus on inner city life in 1980s and 1990s Los Angeles.
Dubbed his magnum opus, The Weeknd quickly gained a legion of fans and devotees because of the mixtape's melancholic lyrics and seamless production.
This work, Zador’s magnum opus, is still being refined for publication.
Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ was his sinister magnum opus, an Empire Strikes Back against rap’s would-be heroes.
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.
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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.
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MAGNUM OPUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of magnum opus for English Language Learners
: a great work : the greatest achievement of an artist or writer
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