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Definitions for masterpiece
ˈmæs tərˌpis, ˈmɑ stər-mas·ter·piece

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. masterpiece, chef-d'oeuvrenoun

    the most outstanding work of a creative artist or craftsman

  2. masterpiecenoun

    an outstanding achievement


  1. masterpiecenoun

    A piece of work that has been given much critical praise, especially one that is considered the greatest work of a person's career.

  2. masterpiecenoun

    A work of outstanding creativity, skill or workmanship.

    Masterpieces are not completed, they are abandoned.

  3. masterpiecenoun

    A work created in order to qualify as a master craftsman and member of a guild.

  4. Etymology: a calque of meesterstuk

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Masterpiecenoun

    Etymology: master and piece.

    This is the masterpiece, and most excellent part, of the work of reformation, and is worthy of his majesty’s pains. John Davies, on Ireland.

    ’Tis done; and ’twas my masterpiece, to work
    My safety, ’twixt two dangerous extremes:
    Scylla and Charybdis. John Denham, Sophy.

    Let those consider this who look upon it as a piece of art, and the masterpiece of conversation, to deceive, and make a prey of a credulous and well-meaning honesty. South.

    This wond’rous masterpiece I fain would see;
    This fatal Helen, who can wars inspire. John Dryden, Aureng.

    The fifteenth is the masterpiece of the whole metamorphoses. Dryden.

    In the first ages, when the great souls, and masterpieces of human nature, were produced, men shined by a noble simplicity of behaviour. Addison.

    Beating up of quarters was his masterpiece. Edward Hyde.

    Dissimulation was his masterpiece; in which he so much excelled, that men were not ashamed with being deceived but twice by him. Edward Hyde, b. viii.


  1. Masterpiece

    A masterpiece, magnum opus, or chef-d’œuvre (French: [ʃɛ.d‿œvʁ]; French for 'master of work'; pl. chefs-d’œuvre) in modern use is a creation that has been given much critical praise, especially one that is considered the greatest work of a person's career or a work of outstanding creativity, skill, profundity, or workmanship. Historically, a "masterpiece" was a work of a very high standard produced to obtain membership of a guild or academy in various areas of the visual arts and crafts.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Masterpiecenoun

    anything done or made with extraordinary skill; a capital performance; a chef-d'oeuvre; a supreme achievement


  1. Masterpiece

    Masterpiece in modern usage refers to a creation that has been given much critical praise, especially one that is considered the greatest work of a person's career or to a work of outstanding creativity, skill, or workmanship.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of masterpiece in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of masterpiece in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of masterpiece in a Sentence

  1. Charlie Craig:

    In 2012, fiancs Charlie Craig and David Mullins attempted to order a cake to celebrate Charlie Craig and David Mullins upcoming wedding, from the Masterpiece Cakeshop, in Lakewood, Colo. Jack Phillips, Jack Phillips, told Charlie Craig and David Mullins Jack Phillips would sell Charlie Craig and David Mullins any other baked goods in Jack Phillips store, but would not design a wedding cake because it was in conflict with Jack Phillips Christian beliefs. Charlie Craig and Charlie Craig and David Mullins filed a complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, which ruled in Charlie Craig and David Mullins favor, as did the Colorado Court of Appeals. In its determination in favor of Jack Phillips, the high court did not alter Colorado's anti-discrimination law, instead the case turned on the way in which the baker was treated by Colorado Civil Rights Commission. Writing for the majority, Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote,... some of the commissioners at the commission's formal, public hearings endorsed the view that religious beliefs can not legitimately be carried into the public sphere or commercial domain, disparaged Philips' faith as despicable and characterized it as merely rhetorical, and compared Justice Anthony Kennedy invocation of Justice Anthony Kennedy sincerely held religious beliefs to defenses of slavery and the holocaust. Charlie Craig, Charlie Craig and David Mullins, and the ACLU, which assisted in the case, agreed, on that part of the decision. We never disagreed about Charlie Craig religious convictions, we just think when you open the doors to the public, you have to serve everyone equally. Kristen Waggoner, Jack Phillips attorney, insists this isn't about discrimination, but religious freedom, which Kristen Waggoner said the high court affirmed. Jack Phillips said Jack Phillips lost 40 percent of Jack Phillips business after the initial lawsuit was filed six years ago. Jack Phillips has since been forced to lay off workers. Jack Phillips said Jack Phillips hopes the ruling will boost business.

  2. Christopher Young:

    The only way to triumph over death is making your life a masterpiece.

  3. Jaison Cianelli:

    I'm not trying to create a masterpiece, I'm trying to master peace.

  4. Brian Tracy:

    Make your life a masterpiece; imagine no limitations on what you can be, have or do.

  5. Cyril Connolly:

    A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature.

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    the act of passing from one state or place to the next
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