repoussoir

[ ruh-poo-swahr ]
/ rə puˈswɑr /

noun Painting.

a figure or object in the extreme foreground: used as a contrast and to increase the illusion of depth.

Nearby words

  1. repost,
  2. repot,
  3. repour,
  4. repoussage,
  5. repousse,
  6. repoussé,
  7. repp,
  8. repplier,
  9. repplier, agnes,
  10. repr.

Origin of repoussoir

1870–75; < French, equivalent to repouss(er) to push back (see repoussé) + -oir -ory2

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