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masterwork

[mas-ter-wurk, mah-ster-] /ˈmæs tərˌwɜrk, ˈmɑ stər-/
noun
Origin
1600-1610
1600-10; master + work
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  • And overconfident criminals have been shown to wreck their criminal masterwork through an excess of self-congratulations.
  • Each is a masterwork, and there's a delightful interaction between the two.
  • It is the sort of artistic masterwork that you don't expect to find in an air and space museum.
  • Chuck's performance lifts this film to sci-fi schlock masterwork.
  • Accessible and often beautiful, it's still seen as his masterwork.
  • But the exception is these two, because they are also part of the masterwork.
  • One of the pieces he showed was this remarkable corsage ornament, considered by many to be his masterwork.
  • The two-story structure represents a masterwork of traditional building materials executed in high style.
  • While it is no masterwork, it is certainly evocative of wartime life at the site.
British Dictionary definitions for masterwork

masterpiece

/ˈmɑːstəˌpiːs/
noun
1.
an outstanding work, achievement, or performance
2.
the most outstanding piece of work of a creative artist, craftsman, etc
Word Origin
C17: compare Dutch meesterstuk, German Meisterstück, a sample of work submitted to a guild by a craftsman in order to qualify for the rank of master
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