from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A small, minor work.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A small or petty work.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small work; especially, a literary or musical work of small size.
But in his snappy new opuscule Snark: A Polemic in Seven Fits (Simon & Schuster), Denby fulminates against the epidemic of verbal hazing.
Dietrich's De ente et essentia which bears the same title as Thomas Aquinas 'opuscule is indeed a work that gives much evidence of having been prepared as a kind of rebuttal to certain doctrines of Aquinas.
St. Bonaventure, a disciple and spiritual son of the "Poverello" of Assisi, took up and developed this idea in an opuscule entitled "The Five Feasts of the Child Jesus."
There are people who collect every stray opuscule by prolific and disparate authors -- Henry Miller, say, or Ezra Pound -- and they will forever be chasing down that one pamphlet printed in an edition of 12 in Orvieto in 1932.
Boethius's theological opuscule known as De Hebdomadibus and Alan of Lille's Regulae Caelestis Iuris are presented as axiomatic but also esoteric, with the express statement of the author that their principles are not accessible to the many.
Why, a man who can say of a Christmas book that “it is an opuscule denominated so-and-so, and ostensibly intended to swell the tide of expansive emotion incident upon the exodus of the old year,” must evidently have had immense sums and care expended on his early education, and deserves a splendid return.
Michel de Nostradamus, Excellent et moult utile opuscule à touts necessaire, Vicaire, Bibliographie, cols.
Excellent & moult utile opuscule à touts nécessaire, qui désirent auoir cognoissance de plusieurs exquises recepts.
Nostradamus, Excellent et moult utile opuscule à touts necessaire, 1555
Michel de Nostradamus, Excellent et moult utile opuscule à touts necessaire… 1555
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