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verb (used with or without object)
  1. incrust.
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Historical Examples

  • You think this, and are ready to encrust yourself with what is conventional and practical.

    The Kempton-Wace Letters

    Jack London

  • Chatterton took great pains to encrust his gold with verd-antique; it requires little to remove the green rubbish from the coin.

  • In spite of daily care, very hard water will encrust the china.

  • They constitute the greater number by far of the hard minerals which encrust the terrestrial globe.

  • Poetry has no golden mean; mediocrity here is of another metal, which Voltaire, however, had skill enough to encrust and polish.

British Dictionary definitions for encrust



  1. (tr) to cover or overlay with or as with a crust or hard coating
  2. to form or cause to form a crust or hard coating
  3. (tr) to decorate lavishly, as with jewels
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Derived Formsencrustation or incrustation, noun
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Word Origin and History for encrust


1640s, from French incruster, from Latin incrustare "to cover with crust," from in- (see in- (2)) + crusta (see crust). Related: Encrusted; encrusting.

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