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oeuvre

The oeuvre of a writer or artist refers to all their work combined. Writing one book isn't much of an oeuvre, but writing ten could be.

This is a French word often used by critics — people who comment on the work of writers, painters, musicians, and other artists. An oeuvre is the total output of an artist. Just like critics give a thumbs up or down to a single movie, they give opinions on oeuvres as well. You could say a band's current album stinks, but since they've made great music for 10 years, they still have an impressive oeuvre.

Definitions of oeuvre
  1. noun
    the total output of a writer or artist (or a substantial part of it)
    “he studied the entire Wagnerian oeuvre
    synonyms: body of work, work
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    types:
    writing
    (usually plural) the collected work of an author
    canon
    the collection of works by a writer or artist that are considered to be authentic
    patristics, patrology
    the writings of the early Church Fathers
    type of:
    end product, output
    final product; the things produced
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