verb (used with or without object)

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Contemporary Examples of encrusted

  • Even the most successful elections later this year cannot possibly scrub away decades of encrusted corruption and inaction.

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    Egypt's Leaderless Revolution

    Anne-Marie Slaughter

    February 14, 2011

  • They are there, they sit there, these canvases by Cy Twombly that seem to be encrusted in the bricks of the walls.

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    Treasures From the Pinault Collection

    Bernard-Henri Lévy

    June 12, 2009

Historical Examples of encrusted

  • He will go into a palace, where all the furniture will be of gold, encrusted in diamonds.

    The Dream

    Emile Zola

  • Their dresses are superb; their arms and trappings are encrusted with gold and gems.

    At Aboukir and Acre

    George Alfred Henty

  • Sometimes a painted or encrusted skirting on interior walls.

  • The dust which encrusted the furniture and the floor had not been disturbed for months.

    The Shrieking Pit

    Arthur J. Rees

  • The interior walls were encrusted with monuments of every age and style.

British Dictionary definitions for encrusted




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



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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