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repoussé

[ruh-poo-sey]
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adjective
  1. (of a design) raised in relief by hammering on the reverse side.
  2. ornamented or made in this kind of raised work.
noun
  1. the art or process of producing repoussé designs.

Origin of repoussé

1850–55; < French, past participle of repousser to push back; see re-, push
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Examples from the Web for repousse

Historical Examples

  • After the repousse part of the frame is done, clean it with kerosene and pickle.

    Copper Work

    Augustus F. Rose

  • A rectangular plaque of gold, repousse and gilt, bearing inscriptions in Greek.

    The Churches of Paris

    S. Sophia Beale

  • Their breastplates were adorned with arabesques or repousse work of the highest art.


British Dictionary definitions for repousse

repoussé

adjective
  1. raised in relief, as a design on a thin piece of metal hammered through from the underside
  2. decorated with such designs
noun
  1. a design or surface made in this way
  2. the technique of hammering designs in this way

Word Origin

C19: from French, from repousser to push back, from re- + pousser to push
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Word Origin and History for repousse

adj.

"formed in relief," in reference to a type of decorative pattern, 1852, from French repoussé, past participle of repousser "to thrust back, beat back," from re- (see re-) + pousser (see push (v.)).

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