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n. (used with a sing. verb)
The art of working metal or other materials by the use of embossing and chasing to form minute detailed reliefs.

[From Greek toreutikos, of metal work, from toreutos, worked in relief, from toreuein, to work in relief, from toreus, a boring tool; see terə- in Indo-European roots.]

to·reu′tic adj.


(Art Terms) (functioning as singular or plural) the art of making detailed ornamental reliefs, esp in metal, by embossing and chasing
[C19: from Greek toreutikos concerning work in relief, from toreuein to bore through, from toreus tool for boring]
toˈreutic adj


(təˈru tɪks)

n. (used with a sing. v.)
the art or technique of decorating metal or other material, esp. by embossing or chasing.
[1655–65; < Greek toreutikós=toreú(ein) to bore, chase, emboss + -tikos -tic; see -ics]
to•reu′tic, adj.


the art of ivory- and metalworking, especially relief work, embossing, and chasing. — toreutic, adj.
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Finally, the Warren Cup, a masterpiece of Roman toreutics that had been for many years condemned to an undeserved obscurity as a result of its challengingly explicit homoerotic scenes, was first offered to the museum in the 1950s, but with the Archbishop of Canterbury as chairman of trustees there was no hope of it being purchased.
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