from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. See masterpiece.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A piece done to prove possession of skill sufficient to be ranked a master.
- n. A piece of quality, indicative of having been made by a master; a masterpiece.
- n. An act of primary importance.
- n. A main drain or irrigation channel.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Principal performance; masterpiece; chef-d'œuvre.
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Although I will say its achievement as a genuine cinematic masterwork is often overlooked because of: A) its far-reaching effects on American culture; B) it’s become one of those films whose actual artistry has somehow gotten lost because it’s on TV all the time (Who wants to talk about it anymore?
His masterwork is the set of four Rabbit Angstrom novels, a thousand pages in all, one novel every ten years from 1960 to 1990.
It's as if their masterwork is a symphony written in the key of silence.
His masterwork is the earth itself and the diversity of plant life, animal life, the diversity of natural experiences including sunrises, sunsets, misty mornings, etc., all testify to the abundance of His creativity.
His so-called masterwork "The Invisibles" travels up its own rear at points, but is still excellent.
'masterwork' - fun fun film but i hate when critics overqualify says ...
"Whither American indie films?" asks Howard Feinstein at, appropriately enough, indieWIRE, where he finds signs of healthy evolution in Alex Holdridge's "masterwork," In Search of a Midnight Kiss, and signs of withering malaise in Kevin Connolly's Gardener of Eden.
I wish it were a clever joke too, but I have actually read Spinrad's POD "masterwork", and I have to report that, sadly, it is not.
With The Instance of the Fingerpost, Pears created a new kind of masterwork-a historical novel constructed intricately to work like clockwork, which glides sequentially from one subjective narrator to another, so that each section unveils new explanations that upend the previous narrator's picture of the characters 'motivations and actions.
Neither of those ideas particularly screams "masterwork" to me.