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repoussé

[ruh-poo-sey] /rə puˈseɪ/
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
3.
the art or process of producing repoussé designs.
Origin of repoussé
1850-1855
1850-55; < French, past participle of repousser to push back; see re-, push
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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

/rəˈpuːseɪ/
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
3.
a design or surface made in this way
4.
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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