mas·​ter·​work | \ -ˌwərk How to pronounce masterwork (audio) \

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Examples of masterwork in a Sentence

his most famous novel is regarded as a masterwork of Western literature

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Funded by crowds, powered by cranks, Barry Crawford's metallic masterwork has been featured at festivals as diverse as Burning Man and Maker Faire. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "This Giant Robot Squid Is Creepily Awesome," 24 May 2016 But the mural was completed by the time Messi and the Argentines arrived from Moscow on Friday, and now the French will try to prevent Messi from creating any masterworks of his own in Kazan Arena. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "France and Argentina Meet in an Elite Battle for World Cup Survival," 29 June 2018 Whether saying Kaddish over the corpse of Roy Cohn or lending doughty support to an eccentric stranger battling AIDS, Brown movingly communicates the moral vision of Tony Kushner’s epic masterwork. Charles Mcnulty,, "Tony nominees: 6 featured performances that stole the spotlight, turning small roles into big memories," 9 June 2018 The great masterworks of the past not only shaped what came afterward, but continue to find their meaning changed retroactively as new works of art reimagine them through the prism of the present. Jeremy Eichler,, "Passing the two-decade mark, Chameleon forges ahead with music looking back," 22 May 2018 Threaded through some of the galleries, contemporary works by artists including Kiki Smith, Shirin Neshat, and Yinka Shonibare were set up in dialogue with masterworks by Caravaggio, Bronzino, et al in the collection. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Where Hamish Bowles Partied, Shopped, and Marveled at Architecture in Rome," 22 June 2018 Factum Arte director Adam Lowe told The Telegraph’s Nick Squires that the replica was intended to serve as a patch in the absence of the masterwork. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "New Clues Emerge in Search for Stolen Caravaggio," 5 June 2018 Indeed, Ailey’s 1960 masterwork to gospel songs and spirituals will close each of the company’s three programs in Costa Mesa. Laura Bleiberg,, "Dance calendar hums with a Bowie-themed 'StarDust,' an angry 'Giselle' and more," 22 Mar. 2018 His words also enhanced his masterwork, a dream book titled Nothing Sacred, featuring portraits of stars and accompanying anecdotes penned in his own wonderfully expressive calligraphy. Vogue, "Remembering Michael Vollbracht, A Designer Whose Vision Was Honed at the Movies," 12 June 2018

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1617, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of masterwork

: a great work of art

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