op·​er·​ose | \ ˈä-pə-ˌrōs How to pronounce operose (audio) \

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operosely adverb
operoseness noun

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Operose comes from the Latin operosus (meaning "laborious," "industrious," or "painstaking"). That word combines the noun "oper-," "opus," which means "work," with "-osus," the Latin equivalent of the English "-ose" and "-ous" suffixes, meaning "full of" or "abounding in." In its earliest uses, beginning in the mid-1500s, the word was used to describe people who are industrious or painstaking in their efforts. Within a little over 100 years, however, the word was being applied as it more commonly is today: to describe tasks and undertakings requiring much time and effort.

First Known Use of operose

1662, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for operose

borrowed from Latin operōsus "diligent, painstaking, laborious," from opera "activity, effort, work" + -ōsus -ose entry 1 — more at opera entry 2

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“Operose.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/operose. Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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