Definition of opuscule in English:

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Pronunciation: /ōˈpəskyo͞ol/
(also opusculum /ōˈpəskyələm/)

noun (plural opuscules or opuscula /-kyələ/)

A small or minor literary or musical work.
Example sentences
  • Thomas wrote an opusculum dedicated to the question: what did Aristotle actually teach?
  • Dietrich's De Ente Et Essentia which bears the same title as Thomas Aquinas' opuscule is indeed a work that gives much evidence of having been prepared as a kind of rebuttal to certain doctrines of Aquinas.
  • Some notable instances are given in Professor Sir Rupert Cross's admirable opuscule, Statutory Interpretation.


Mid 17th century: from French, from Latin opusculum, diminutive of opus 'work'.

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