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noun (used with a singular verb)
  1. the art or technique of decorating metal or other material, especially by embossing or chasing.
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Origin of toreutics

First recorded in 1655–65; see origin at toreutic, -ics
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British Dictionary definitions for toreutics


  1. (functioning as singular or plural) the art of making detailed ornamental reliefs, esp in metal, by embossing and chasing
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Derived Formstoreutic, adjective

Word Origin

C19: from Greek toreutikos concerning work in relief, from toreuein to bore through, from toreus tool for boring
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