American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A Roman Catholic organization composed of both clergy and lay members and dedicated to fostering Christian principles at all levels of society.
- n. short for The Prelature of the Holy Cross and Opus Dei, a Roman Catholic organization composed of a prelate, secular clergy and lay people whose mission is to spread the Catholic teaching that everyone is called to become a saint; its lay members, men and women, engage in the affairs of the world and seek to direct them "according to God's will".
- New Latin Opus Deī, work of God : Latin opus, work + Latin Deī, genitive of Deus, God. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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