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[mas-ter-wurk, mah-ster-] /ˈmæs tərˌwɜrk, ˈmɑ stər-/
Origin of masterwork
First recorded in 1600-10; master + work Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Indeed it has created a factitious interest in da Vinci's masterwork.

    The Merry-Go-Round Carl Van Vechten
  • But his "War Song of Gamelbar," for male voices, is really a masterwork.

  • That masterwork seemed to tell her to do as the heroine had done and go in a convent.

    The Monster

    Edgar Saltus
  • What had seemed like an end became the true beginning, that of his masterwork, Jean Christophe.

    Romain Rolland Stefan Zweig
  • Hanke calls it "a masterwork of Nature," and Markham pronounces it "a spiritualized strawberry."

  • Within three years of his death, namely in 1513, he could produce such a masterwork as the altar-piece in S. Giovanni Crisostomo.

    Six Centuries of Painting Randall Davies
  • The song is, in my fervent belief, a masterwork of absolute genius, one of the very greatest lyrics in the world's music.

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