oper-, opus

(Latin: work)

1. The act of making something carry out its function, or controlling or managing the way it works.
2. The state of functioning or of being in effect. The ban on playing loud music will bput into operation starting next week.
3. Something that is carried out; especially, something difficult or complex.
4. Any surgical procedure; that is, one carried out to repair damage to a body part.
5. An organized campaign, maneuver, or other form of action, especially one carried out by rescue personnel, the police, or diplomatic personnel.
6. An action conducted by military forces that can range in scope from a reconnaissance mission to an entire campaign: "Operation Desert Storm".
7. A mathematical process in which entities are derived from others through the application of rules; for example, subtraction, multiplication, or differentiation.
8. A series of actions performed by a computer, defined by an instruction and forming part of a computer program.
9. A business deal or financial transaction.
10. An illegal, dishonest, or underhanded business; for example, he got involved in a shady gambling operation.
1. Of or relating to an operation or a series of operations.
2. Of, intended for, or involved in military operations.
3. Fit for proper functioning; ready for use;such as, an operational car.
4. Something that is still in effect or operation; such as, a law.
1. Being in effect; having force; operating.
2. Functioning effectively; being efficient.
3. Engaged in or concerned with physical or mechanical activity.
4. Of, relating to, or resulting from a surgical operation.
5. Significant; most important.
1. Someone who operates a machine or device; a switchboard operator.
2. The owner or manager of a business or an industrial enterprise.
3. Someone who deals aggressively in stocks or commodities.
4. A person who is adept at accomplishing goals through shrewd or unscrupulous maneuvers.
5. In mathematics, a function, especially one from a set to itself; such as, differentiation of a differentiable function or rotation of a vector.
6. In genetics, a chromosomal segment of DNA that regulates the activity of the structural genes of an operon by interacting with a specific repressor.
A theatrical production, usually with a comic theme, similar to opera but with much spoken dialogue and usually some dancing. Gilbert and Sullivan wrote many operettas.
operose, operosely, operoseness
1. Involving great labor; laborious; requiring a lot of work.
2. Industrious; diligent; busy, active, or hard working.
opus (s), opera (pl)
1. A creative work, especially a musical composition numbered to designate the order of a composer's works.
2. A piece of music written by a particular musician and given a number relating to the order in which it was published; for example, Opus 57, quartet.
Opus Dei
Work of God, a Roman Catholic lay order, particularly influential in Spain, also known as the “Societas Sacerdotalis Sanctae Crucis.” The order was founded in 1928 by a wealthy lawyer turned priest, José María Escrivá de Balaguer y Albás, who objected to the liberal atmosphere at the University of Madrid, Spain.

Historical background

Receiving increased support from the Vatican since the late 1970s, the organization has grown to more than 80,000 members in more than 80 countries. In 1950 the Vatican recognized it as a secular institute; in 1982 it was given the status of “personal prelature.” Its membership is now, therefore, considered a separate diocese with its own bishop.

Believing that a Catholic can lead a holy life without taking religious vows, lay members pledge to serve God in worldly vocations; roughly a third of the members live communally and celibately in Opus Dei centers. The movement seeks to promote traditional Catholic values and teaching and to oppose liberalism and immorality, and is noted for its emphasis on preaching to government officials, professionals, intellectuals, and business executives.

Opus Dei has been controversial among some Catholics because of its secretive nature, its emphasis on discipline, its conservatism and wealth, and its historical association with the Franco regime in Spain. This controversy became pronounced in 1992 when the Vatican, under John Paul II, beatified Escrivá; Escrivá was canonized in 2002.

Opus Dei is considered the most controversial group in the Catholic Church today!

The faithful of the prelature carry out their individual task of evangelization in the various sectors of society in which they live and work. Their apostolic work is not limited to specific fields such as education, care for the sick, or other forms of direct social aid. The prelature seeks to remind people that all Christians, whatever their background or situation, must cooperate in solving the problems of society in a Christian way, and bear constant witness to their faith.

To its members it is nothing less than The Work of God, the inspiration of Blessed Josemaría Escrivá, who advanced the work of Christ by promoting the sanctity of everyday life. To its critics it is a powerful, even dangerous, cult-like organization that uses secrecy and manipulation to advance its agenda. At the same time, many Catholics admit knowing little about this influential group. Moreover, because of the dichotomy of views on the group, and perhaps because of its influence in Vatican circles, it is difficult to find balanced reporting on Opus Dei.

Does Opus Dei advocate "corporal mortification" or "self-punishment"?

In modern times, mortification is associated with some Catholic and Eastern Orthodox monks, but Opus Dei advocates it for lay members in everyday life. An Opus Dei priest in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), The Rev. Michael Giesler, describes two methods of mortification: 1. The cilice, a sharp chain worn around the leg. 2. The "discipline" or flagellum, a small whip of knotted cords applied to one's back.

Opus opificem probat.
The work proves the crafts person.

This maxim applies to anything which people accomplish in any field that counts, not just the glorified appellation we claim for our profession.

opus, op.
parvum (small) opus (work)
Small work as opposed to magnum (big, great) opus (work).
preoperative (adjective) (not comparable)
Concerning something that precedes surgery: Before Jane went into hospital for her operation the following day, she was given a list of preoperative instructions to follow.

Cross references related to "work, toil" word families: argo-; ergasio-; ergo-; labor-; pono-; urg-.