from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A great work, especially a literary or artistic masterpiece.
- n. The greatest single work of an artist, writer, or composer.
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- n. A great work of literature or art, a masterpiece.
- n. The best, most popular, or most renowned achievement of an author or artist, representing his major life effort.
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- n. A great work of art or literature.
- n. The greatest work or achievement of a particular artist, writer, or other individual.
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- n. a great work of art or literature
Meanwhile, Lord Peter’s projected magnum opus on a-hundred-and-one ways of causing sudden death had advanced by the accumulation of a mass of notes which flowed all over the library at the flat, and threatened to engulf Bunter, whose task it was to file and cross-reference and generally to produce order from chaos.
"I never expected to write my magnum opus long after I retired."
It was a matter of considerable grief to Mr Quarterstone that no genuine producer had ever been induced to see eye to eye with him on the subject of the superlative merits of that amorous masterpiece, so that after he had grown weary of collecting rejections Mr Quarterstone had been reduced to the practical expedient of using his magnum opus as one of the props in the more profitable but by no means less artistic drama from which he and Mr Urlaub derived their precarious incomes; but his loyalty to the child of his brain had never been shaken.
We are reminded of NICOLAS FLAMEL (1330-1418), who is reputed to have achieved the magnum opus together with his wife PERNELLE, as well as of the many other women workers in the Art of whom we read.
His magnum opus was his edition of the Works of Dr. Thomas Reid, left unfinished, and completed by Mansel.
The magnum opus of his literary activity is: "Fasciculus rerum expetendarum ac fugiendarum"
His magnum opus entitled The Golden Bough comprises twelve volumes, an index and bibliographical volume, and a volume called Aftermath.
Eothen, a brilliant and original work of Eastern travel, published in 1844; but his magnum opus was his