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opus
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Beethoven did not assign an opus number to lesser works — even some of those he published.
  a musical composition, writing, or another work of art — especially a musical composition numbered per composer to indicate the order in which it was written or published
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opus opera opuses
Strongly Associated with:   magnum opus
Notes:
In Latin, opus means "work" and opera means "works".

For an interesting discussion of opus numbers in music, see the linked Wikipedia article. In general, if you see something like Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 11 you might guess that it was the eleventh work that Mendelssohn published; though there are many exceptions that are often predictable depending upon the composer or the time of composition.
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  • Beethoven did not assign an opus number to lesser works — even some of those he published.
  • Mr. Holland’s Opus was a wonderful film.
  • From Opus Nine and Thirty-two.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • He calls these paintings things like Enigma: Blue and Red, or Variation: Black and White, or Opus 36.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye

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  • They had begged off the trip to Opus One, scurried back upstairs, and popped a last bottle of champagne.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • How many had actively persecuted others, high on the scent of Hitler’s gaze, repeating his sentences, his paragraphs, his opus?
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • opus!
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • Families are apt to spend their evenings huddled around video players viewing the latest Schwarzenegger opus.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • Once he disappeared inside, I started checking out some of the handwritten names on the CD cases, none of which I recognized: the handywacks(assorted), jeremiah reeves(early stuff), truth squad (opus) .
    Sarah Dessen  --  Just Listen
  • In Dick’s thing, I can be Bernie, a sensitive young subway guard, in the most courageous goddam offbeat television opus you ever read.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey

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  • I wish you’d give them opus numbers so that I could keep up with them.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
  • "The new opus?" said Tyrena.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  •     Facilis descensus Averno; Noctes atque dies patet atri ianua Ditis; Sed revocare gradum superasque evadere ad auras, Hoc opus, hic labor est.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • Thanks are in order, Rob, but I don’t think either opus are in the mood for baseball.’
    Stephen King  --  Cujo
  • There were programs to be printed (through the Morrisons), elaborate enough to include the opus numbers, the first, middle, and last name of each pupil, and flowing across the top in a script which resembled, as if for a purpose, Miss Eckhart’s writing in the monthly bills, the full name of Miss Lotte Elisabeth Eckhart.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  • There were programs to be printed (through the Morrisons), elaborate enough to include the opus numbers, the first, middle, and last name of each pupil, and flowing across the top in a script which resembled, as if for a purpose, Miss Eckhart’s writing in the monthly bills, the full name of Miss Lotte Elisabeth Eckhart.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Golden Apples
  • Opus Dei has just completed construction of a $47 million World Headquarters at 243 Lexington Avenue in New York City.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • I want ’The Potato Opus’ to be ready for that show next week.
    Sarah Dessen  --  This Lullaby
  • A year later, the same motif showed up as the basis for the fourth movement of the last quartet, Opus 155.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • Beethoven," and Mr. Beebe was wondering whether it would be Adelaida, or the march of The Ruins of Athens, when his composure was disturbed by the opening bars of Opus III.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • She began playing Opus 32, 1, a piece she was preparing for an upcoming recital, and one I especially liked.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • Murray Hill Place—the new Opus Dei World Headquarters and conference center—is located at 243 Lexington Avenue in New York City.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • As president-general of Opus Dei, Bishop Aringarosa had spent the last decade of his life spreading the message of "God’s Work"—literally, Opus Dei.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • As president-general of Opus Dei, Bishop Aringarosa had spent the last decade of his life spreading the message of "God’s Work"—literally, Opus Dei.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Now, with over four million copies of The Way in circulation in forty-two languages, Opus Dei was a global force.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Opus Dei was the fastest-growing and most financially secure Catholic organization in the world.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • "Many call Opus Dei a brainwashing cult," reporters often challenged.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • "Opus Dei is neither," the bishop would patiently reply.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • "You are describing only a small portion of the Opus Dei population," Aringarosa said.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Thousands of Opus Dei members are married, have families, and do God’s Work in their own communities.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • These choices are personal, but everyone in Opus Dei shares the goal of bettering the world by doing the Work of God.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • In Boston not long ago, a disillusioned young investment banker had signed over his entire life savings to Opus Dei before attempting suicide.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Sadly, all of these events had helped spawn the new watch group known as the Opus Dei Awareness Network (ODAN).
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • org—relayed frightening stories from former Opus Dei members who warned of the dangers of joining.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • The media was now referring to Opus Dei as "God’s Mafia" and "the Cult of Christ."
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • We fear what we do not understand, Aringarosa thought, wondering if these critics had any idea how many lives Opus Dei had enriched.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Opus Dei is a personal prelature of the Pope himself.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Sister Sandrine could not help but feel that Opus Dei’s good standing in Rome was suspect, but one did not argue with the Holy See.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • I’m sorry, you say this visiting Opus Dei numerary cannot wait until morning?
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Opus Dei had always made her uneasy.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • How powerful that will make Opus Dei.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • His thoughts were with the future of Opus Dei.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • He knew he had sacrificed much to follow Opus Dei, but he had received much more in return.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • The mysterious Opus Dei monk had come to SaintSulpice for another purpose.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • The rituals of Opus Dei, Sister Sandrine knew, were not something she would ever understand.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Opus Dei is searching for the keystone.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • I cannot see that message in Opus Dei.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Sadly, while most of the Catholic Church was gradually moving in the right direction with respect to women’s rights, Opus Dei threatened to reverse the progress.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • The head of Opus Dei?
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Unfortunately, Aringarosa had learned, in an age of religious cynicism, cults, and televangelists, Opus Dei’s escalating wealth and power was a magnet for suspicion.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
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